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Creepy 'Unicorn' Fly

  • 28-10-2009 11:57pm
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    Named Cascoplecia insolitis, this scary looking bug was in fact a tiny and harmless creature who buzzed around flowers while massive dinosaurs took the spotlight.
    A single, incredibly well-preserved specimen of the tiny but scary-looking fly was preserved for eternity in Burmese amber, and it had a small horn emerging from the top of its head, topped by three eyes that would have given it the ability to see predators coming. But despite that clever defense mechanism, it was apparently an evolutionary dead end that later disappeared.

    Full article here.

    Photo by George Poinar