Certain young fruit flies’ eyes literally pop out of their head

Body changes at the brink of adulthood can get awkward in humans, but at least our eyes don’t pop out of our heads on stalks longer than our legs.

High-rise eyes, however, give macho pizzazz to the adult male Pelmatops fruit fly. In one of the stalkier species, P. tangliangi, the eyes-up transformation takes only about 50 minutes, a new study reports. Once stretched, the skinny eyestalks darken and harden, keeping the eyes stuck out like selfie sticks for the rest of the fly’s life.

Images from a lab video show the somewhat awkward stages of eye extension in a male fruit fly (Pelmatops tangliangi). Just 16 minutes

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