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Still Waters

Super-hairy flies can 'breathe' underwater

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Still Waters

We’re used to seeing flies all the time, probably throwing up on your plate of food or hovering around a garbage can, but how often do we see flies do something awe-inspiring like breathe underwater?

Mono Lake, California, is home to the bizarre and hairy alkali fly (Ephydra hians). Researchers have now found that these “diving” flies are able to withstand the lake’s highly alkaline waters, crawling into it to feed and lay eggs. The hair on their body helps to create a bubble of air around them, which acts as an external lung.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/diving-flies-mono-lake-underwater-spd/

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ChaosRose

I'm already in sci-fi mode where people try to enhance our genome and we create The Fly.

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