Functional fashion tip inspired by the zebra: Start wearing stripes

Greger is too fast for the flies anyway.

I learned something interesting about zebras today. Scientists have long been discussing what the purpose of their stripes are, and there are several theories. One is that the stripes help the zebras distinguish one another, since they all have a unique pattern of stripes. Another theory is that the stripes are there to hide the zebras from predators, or even scare them off (the idea is that the stripes may cause the predators to confuse a herd of zebras for one giant animal)
Yet another theory is that the stripes confuse flies and make them unable to bite the zebras. This has actually been proven through a series of scientific tests. They painted three groups of horses in different ways: the first group got painted white, the second black and the third in zebra-like stripes. They found that the striped horses were considerably less bothered by flies than the other two groups.

So, if you want to avoid being bothered by flies and possibly mosquitoes this summer, try wearing striped clothes. It may work against predators, as well.

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6 Responses to Functional fashion tip inspired by the zebra: Start wearing stripes

  1. Anastasia says:

    I just wanted to send you a funny picture about zebras and flies, but I suddenly realised, that the article you meant is from the latest issue of The Economist, isn’t it? ;) It’s exactly where I’ve seen the pic. :D

    • Antonia says:

      I’ve seen the article in a recent issue of The Economist too! But the fact is that one of my professors at university is behind this research, so I’ve been following it for a while:)

  2. Goodness, what an odd bit of news! Luckily I don’t get bitten terribly often, but I’ll have to pass it onto my boyfriend – mosquitoes love him!


  3. mn says:

    This is such a great shot of Greger- it looks like he’s flying through the air since his ears and tail are pointing up. I always enjoy shots of him. Interesting news about the flies- I’m one of those people who the flies love to nibble on.

  4. Leia says:

    This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Natalia says:

    It’s funny news, thank you for sharing, I didn’ t know that. I particularly like this kind of knowledge – you don’t really need that, but it’s interesting anyway.
    But how is economics related to a study about zebras?

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