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Zebra Stripes Evolved to Repel Bloodsuckers?


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Lindsey
- 2568 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
Conventional wisdom says a zebra's black-and-white stripes camouflage the animal in tall grass--the better to evade the colorblind lion. But a new study says the pattern scrambles the vision of a tinier biter: the bloodsucking horsefly.



   

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TERRY R (267)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:55 pm
A PRETTY BARCODE INDEED.
 

. (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:38 pm
Very interesting. Thanx
 

Debbie H (115)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:05 pm
Interesting. I wonder if the same test performed in the zebras' natural setting would turn up the same results.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:09 am
interesting
 

penny C (83)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 6:00 am
Thanks for this Lindsey.
 

Ruth C (87)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:25 pm
God made them this way.
 

Ingrid A (524)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:47 pm
Very interesting. Maybe I should go out and find me something to wear that has black and white stripes on it. Its noted. Thanks Lindsey.
 

Donna Benboe (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 5:00 pm
I would be more worried about the lions than the horseflys.
 

Barb Knight (1686)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 5:49 pm
Very interesting! I agree with Ingrid, lol! Thnx Lindsey!
 

Anne S (25)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 6:12 pm
Great article and good site . Thank You.
Nice to read something analytical that's not about our deteriorating world.
 

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:25 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 4:10 am
interesting
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:26 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Laurie Greenberg (11)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:38 am
Very interesting.
 

Waltraud U (85)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 8:43 am
Aha - interesting.
Thank you !
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:04 pm
Very Interesting!
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:59 pm
Thank you Lindsey, I just learned about this, if you get time, please educate others about it. I AIN'T HAPPY:( Mankind needs to stop playing god
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycTUddKNDtM

Zebra Bred with Horse & Donkey (Zorse & Zonkey)
 

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 9:18 am
Saw it on the Swedish news! Really interesting! Noted
 

Veronica C (18)
Sunday February 19, 2012, 11:27 am
Very interesting.
 
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