Wing Art

FAIRFAX, Va. (November 9, 2013) – An insect’s appearance is often linked to its success in reproducing. Mate selection can result in insects with fantastic colors or patterns, but none can compare with the intricate design on the wings of the fly species Goniurellia tridens.

Each of this fly’s wings appears to have a detailed design of an ant “complete with six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen.” The design is also thought to aid in confusing predators. Goniurellia tridens is one of 27 known picture wing fly species in the United Arab Emirates.