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The Agricultural Research Service first brought decapitating flies to the U.S. from their native Brazil in the mid-1990's. The female fly deposits its eggs in the ants. After an egg hatches, the fly larva matures to adulthood inside the ant's decapitated head. The adult then emerges to seek a mate. (Read more about the research.)