Blow Fly Flashers

Blow Fly

Insects have remarkable methods of finding mates in their environment. Insects are known to use odors, sounds and light. Researchers* have discovered that blow fly vision is important in mate recognition. Young female blowflies are heavier than males and their wings beat at 178 Hz compared to 212 Hz for the males. When the female wings beat, they reflect light that creates a flash pattern of 178 Hz. Male blow flies are responsive to light, but are much more responsive to flashing…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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