Saturday, May 17, 2014

Zebra Stripes

Zebra

Since I am passionate about all things equine, I thought the zebra would be an interesting genus Equus to blog about. Plus, I was intrigued to find out that no two zebras have the same stripe pattern, making their individual striping like fingerprints.

I didn't know this either; zebras recognize one another by their individual stripes. I'm not quite sure how that works, but then, I'm not a zebra.

Zebras distinct stripes act as a bug deterrent and as well as camouflage. Bugs are attracted to a solid mass of color rather than stripes. (I'll have to start wearing striped shirts so the mosquitoes won't get me.)

A zebra's outline is skewed because of their stripes, so an approaching predator isn't sure whether the zebra is coming or going. (This would work great in an office environment. Leaving my job early would be a piece of cake with no questions asked.)

Think I'll go out and buy some striped clothing, then zip over to Jenny's for more alphabet fun.

11 comments:

Gattina said...

Didn't know that ! Apparently they are like cats, not one pattern is the same !

Wandering Wren said...

Great minds think alike with Zebra - but I have to congratulate you on a much better zebra effort than me!!! :) They are gorgeous animals.
Wren x

Splendid Little Stars said...

Here's to striped clothing!
very interesting zebra and bug facts!

Betty said...

Our mosquitoes can get so bad in the summer. I'll have to dress like a zebra. Thanks!

Pondside said...

I love stripes, but have to be sure they're vertical!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post for 'Z' ~ great shot ~ Love zebras too ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Pam Beers. said...

I'm going shopping for all things striped.

Valerie said...

Very interesting info on the zebra.
Seems like a good idea to buy striped clothing... smiles.

Jenny said...

Hi! visiting some blogs! I didn't know that about zebras at all! We don't have many mosquitos but I wonder if it work on ants! ha!

Thanks for linking.

Pam Beers. said...

I don't think it works on ants, Jenny. HA!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

good details about the strips. I did a story with the students, how the zebra got it's strips.