Strange Science: Protecting Cows from Biting Flies

Japanese researchers have conducted an experiment on protecting cows from biting flies. They’ve found that by painting cows with zebra-like stripes, the biting flies are dissuaded from biting the cows.

Animal scientists believe that zebras may have evolved to have their stripe pattern as a deterrent to insects. The stripes seem to confuse the bugs’ motion detection systems¬† that control approach and landing, thus making the zebras not as appealing of a target.

While the scientists agree that more work needs to be done with this experiment, it does seem to be a promising start, with the zebra-painted cows having fewer biting flies bothering them. You can read more about this experiment here!

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