Why do zebras have stripes? Flies are the real reason they are black and white.

It’s Not Camouflage: The Real Reason Zebras Have Stripes (Video)

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April 3 2014 1:38 PM

The Mystery of Zebra Stripes, Solved

Blame the flies.

The zebra’s distinctive black-and-white streaks are there to provide camouflage, or body-temperature regulation, or confuse the heck out of lions, right? Nope.​​

Paca Thomas is a regular video contributor to Slate.

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