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Fun Fact October 8, 2020.

8 October 2020

I spent summers during my teenage years working on my grandmothers dairy farm.  Where ever you have cows you have flies, a lot of them.  Cows have to deal with these pesky creatures that are beyond annoying.  Farmers can now protect their animals by painting their cows with zebra-like stripes. According to a 2019 study published in PLOS One, the numbers of biting flies on Japanese Black cows painted with black-and-white stripes were significantly lower than those on non-painted cows and cows painted only with black stripes.  IFL Science suggests this might work because the stripes may cause a kind of  camouflage, confusing them.  I don’t know about you, but if I saw a cow painted like a zebra, I’d be confused and would probably do at least a double take.

Fun Fact October 8, 2020.