phorid-fly

There’s More Than One Way to Decapitate An Ant

“In the rainforests of Brazil and Costa Rica, Brian Brown from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has found a phorid that beheads ants in an entirely new way.

Brown is an authority on phorids and especially the ant-decapitating, bee-killing varieties. He has discovered around 500 species of them. In the field, he lures them in by crushing ants and other insects with forceps, and watching what arrives. Some phorids feed directly off the injured insects. Others lay their eggs inside. But one species, Dohrniphora longirostrata, did something different.”

Learn more from Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science