By Kid Reporters: Ishaan - Age 9, Nihar - Age 9 and Sanjana - Age 10
Ormia Ochracea is a small yellow nocturnal fly. They are attracted to the chirp of crickets. Ormia Ochracea leaves their larvae on the crickets' back. It is a parasite. I once watched an episode of Wild Kratts (It's about Wild Life). The episode talked about how a CowBird is a nest parasite. The CowBird would lay their eggs in other birds' nests! It was an interesting show.
So, coming back to Ormia Ochracea , it is not really a creature that you would like. But, people who suffer from hearing loss might be thankful to one part of this fly. The ears.
Ormia Ochracea has very interesting ears. Human ears are separated by a significant amount. So sound arrives to one ear just a split second before the other. Our brain looks at the differences and locates where the sound came from. But this little fly has a very small head. Its ears are only one millimeter apart. So it has developed a different way to hear. Its eardrums are connected by a rigid structure that behaves like a tetter-totter. This tetter-totter amplifies the difference between a sound. Scientists are trying to figure out how to make a man-made mimic of this little ears. People who get this hearing aid could tell when and where a sound is coming from right away.
With that being said I have started to like this creature a little bit.