Image Number: 1319015

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Adult(s)
Description:
Fire ants will try hard to avoid the sting of a phorid fly (top, center). Once deposited, an egg quickly hatches into a larva that eventually kills the host by decapitation. Shown about nine times actual size.
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Field

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Image location:
United States

Subject

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Cyclorrhapha
Superfamily: Aschiza
Family: Phoridae
Subfamily: Metopininae
Tribe: Metopinini
Genus: Pseudacteon
Subject: Pseudacteon spp. Coquillett 1907

Host

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Solenopsis
Subject: Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius)
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Image uploaded:
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Image last updated:
Monday, December 11, 2006