This is a tower-wing fly. The "tower" is covered with small wings for locomotion and is also a filter-feeding mouth. The entire organism is filled with buoyant gas. The "abdomen" is used as a rudder and for communication (by flashing). The lower wings are used for shade (especially for the eggs), for thermoregulation by pumping blood through them as they pick up the breeze, and as wings only to make a quick getaway in emergencies. The dark spots on the side are breathing holes and are also used to regulate buoyancy. The speckled bumps on the front are compound eyes. Each eye-bump is tuned to a different wavelength of light, giving them different colors. The "legs" are actually strings of millions of eggs that break off one-by-one at the ends. Reader challenge: How big is this animal, what is its skeletal system like, and what kind of atmosphere/ocean does it live in?
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