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Male stalk-eyed flies carry a distinct handicap.  These flies have exaggerated ornamentation in the form of extra-long eyestalks .  Females have much shorter eye-stalks . While males also have larger wings, this is most likely to compensate for the increased energetic cost of flying with the larger ornaments.

Sexual shape dimorphism in eye stalks of Teleopsis dalmanni (Photo credit: Jerry Husak)

The head of this fly looks like the one of a hammerhead shark!  According to Wikipedia "Stalk-eyed flies are insects of the fly family Diopsidae. The family is distinguished by the possession of eyestalks: projections from the sides of the head with the eyes at the end. Some fly species from other dipteran families such as the Drosophilidae and Tephritidae carry similar structures but the unique character of the Diopsidae is that the antennae are carried next...  Picture by Paul Zborowski

The head of this fly looks like the one of a hammerhead shark! According to Wikipedia "Stalk-eyed flies are insects of the fly family Diopsidae. The family is distinguished by the possession of eyestalks: projections from the sides of the head with the eyes at the end. Some fly species from other dipteran families such as the Drosophilidae and Tephritidae carry similar structures but the unique character of the Diopsidae is that the antennae are carried next... Picture by Paul Zborowski

https://flic.kr/p/G85mPn | Silkworm Moth, Epia casnonia? Bombycidae | ID by Claudio Flamigni from Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums

https://flic.kr/p/G85mPn | Silkworm Moth, Epia casnonia? Bombycidae | ID by Claudio Flamigni from Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums