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Fruit Fly That's Evolved Pictures Of Spiders On Its Wings


Because Mother Nature clearly has way too much time on her hands, this is a species of fruit fly that's evolved realistic looking pictures of jumping spiders on its wings. Impressive, but I'd still like to see a pair of those naked lady trucker mudflaps.

The idea of the ant design, as explained to The National by Dr Brigitte Howarth of Zayed University who first discovered G tridens in the UAE, is that these flies use their wings to ward off predators. The fly flashes it wings back and forth to make it seem as if the ants [or spiders] are moving around and that movement would confuse the predator.

Man, if I were a fruit fly you know what I'd want on my wings to ward off predators? GUNS. Not pictures of guns either, actual f***ing guns. Oh shit, you wanna eat me? *PEW PEW PEW!* I don't think so. Ideally I wouldn't want to be a fruit fly at all though.

Thanks to peacedove, who's often depicted with an olive branch in its beak even though it was really a marijuana leaf.

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  • Brant_Alan

    It's things like this. And I've es seen more than one similar example that makes me think there's something beyond just evolution and mother nature than we know. Like an awareness in nature beyond the actual life forms in it.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Right, so this evolved. So for hundreds of thousands of years before they finished evolving (to have a frighteningly believable image of an ant on their wings), you had fruit-flies with random, indistinct brown discolorations on their wings? I wonder what evolutionary advantage that would have given them?

  • glebealyth

    Very little advantage, Kaizer Chief, which is why they did not survive the process.
    Do you actually understand ho evolution works, or do you just deny that it did?

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  • Guest

    probably something like this but less so. fast moving brown dot might make something hesitate a little

  • Kaizer Chief

    I can accept that, but going from a brown dot to a 3-dimensional brown ant stretches my belief a bit too far I'm afraid.

  • That's not how it works. Strictly speaking, offspring which survives will get to pass on its' genes. If a bunch of fruit flies born, but one has some wing discolorations and survives better then the others because the wings distract or even become a target for predators (better to have your wings torn off then your body attacked), it will then pass its genes on to its' offspring. Mutations are the name of the game when it comes to survival. The animal kingdom arms race.

    We have chameleons and octopi which change colors to camouflage, we have species which imitate other species to prevent predation, we have lizards dropping their tail as a decoy to get away, and much more in the animal kingdom. What we are seeing here is not much different.

    OR...... given that 99.9% species that have ever existed through time on earth are now extinct, you can believe in an invisible sky being hand crafting each and every one, from the multitude of bacteria, virii, mammals, reptiles, fish, etc which ever lived.. and then hand painted this one after an artsy stoner session at Burning Man.

    I know which explanation is more plausible... but apparently some people don't.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Oh, and your comment does absolutely nothing to explain to me rationally how we get from a brown dot to a THREE DIMENSIONAL PICTURE OF AN ANT.

  • Oldman911

    What 'Atheist' said. A mutation may occur that was had the slightest advantage, and this individual happened to evade predators slightly better than others of the same species. If this mutation occurs in the germ line it will be passed down. This next generation will also have a slight advantage. This process of mutation and 'selection' for individuals with brown spots on their wings continues. More mutations accumulate and you get more complex spots. The individuals with the most complex dots are the ones most likely to live and pass on their genes for these complex spots. There must also be other individuals in the population with this mutation. Keep in mind this takes MILLIONS and millions of years (A mutation may not occur in every generation and the frequency may be low at first)

  • It doesn't take millions of years, fruit flies have a short life span and can go thru 30 or 40 generations in a decade or so...

  • Kaizer Chief

    You're very quick to make assumptions.

    Yeah, when life and its associated processes are presented in such an overly simplified format, it certainly seems very believable that these things came about by themselves.

    But the natural world is far from simple. Every single component is staggeringly complex - to the point where we humans have barely scratched the surface in our understanding of it, in spite of the huge amount of knowledge we've accumulated. Which is why I find it far more plausible for some sort of intelligence to have been involved in the emergence and development of life, rather than blind chance and statistics.

    By the way, this view is shared by not a few very learned members of the scientific community - not just artsy stoners and superstitious cavemen.

  • Guest

    That is a huge leap. Complexity doesn't mean design, and evolutionary theory is observation of what happens not an absolute explanation. The fact is that billions of species have died and the only ones who remain are those who have found a tiny niche to survive in. The 99% of species that did exist have now died, that would suggest that it is random. Either way though, evolution does not prove or disprove the existence of a supreme being, I always find it funny that people think it does.

  • Aran Smithson

    Therefore Aliens. ;)

  • Jesse Starr

    Watch this, it might help you understand the concept (also it's an amazing video)-

  • Jacques-AndrĂ© Langelier

    I hope there is no such thing as arachnophobia in fruit flies.

  • Vlad

    Neither geeky nor related to technology. Is this

  • Dave

    There are quite a few people who share the belief that science is one of the many things that falls under the 'geeky' umbrella... is entomology no longer a science?

  • Helablog

    I think they may be jumping spiders not ants?

  • Fernando J. Ilabaca

    you're f***ing kidding me!!!!!!!! that's awesome!!!

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