fire ant decapitating flies (Pseudacteon spp. ) on fire ant (Solenopsis geminata ) - 1319015

fire ant decapitating flies
Pseudacteon sp. Coquillett 1907

Host: fire ant (Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius))
Descriptor: 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.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States

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Name: Scott Bauer
Organization: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Country: United States

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Image Number: 1319015

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Image uploaded on Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Image Information last updated on Monday, December 11, 2006