Beware the “terrible hairy fly”
Scientists in Kenya have located one of the world’s rarest and oddest-looking flies after a long hunt for an insect dubbed the “terrible hairy fly,” experts said on Wednesday…
At about one centimeter long (a little less than a half inch) and so far found on a single 20-meter high rock, the Mormotomyia hirsuta looks more like a spider with its hairy legs, scientists said.
Unable to fly and partial to breeding in bat feces, the fly is thought to live only in the dank, bat-filled cleft of an isolated rock in the Ukazi Hills. It also has non-functional wings that resemble miniature belt-straps, and tiny eyes.
- Africa’s “terrible hairy fly” found in Kenya (reuters.com)
- Terrible hairy fly rediscovered (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- It’s Alive! The ‘Terrible Hairy Fly’ (towleroad.com)
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