Monday, 27 April 2015

Creature 209: Diopsidae

How to fight with your eyes
Diopsidae are a family of flies which are commonly called stalk eyed flies because their eyes protrude from their head on massive stalks.

These stalks are so prominent that their antennae are attached to to the stalk rather than the center of the head. In stalk eyed flies these eye stalks are used by males to beat off competitors in brutal eye stalk battles. Some stalk eyed flies can even inflate these stalks to scare off competitors.

Stalk eyes flies can be found on all continents except South America (and Antarctica). They are most commonly found in Tropical Africa and Asia

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Diopsidae

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