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The Smallest Fly Ever Found

Scientists named it after Arnold Schwarzenegger.

By Mark BarnaJan 1, 2019 12:00 PM
Megapropodiphora arnoldi is so teeny. (Credits: Left, B. Brown; Right, I. Strazhnik)

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A Brazilian fly, Megapropodiphora arnoldi, is the smallest fly ever found, measuring less than 2/100 of an inch. But its comparatively huge forelimbs inspired its discoverer, Brian Brown of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, to name it after muscle-bound Arnold Schwarzenegger in January.

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