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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Attack of the Phorids

Three short video clips show phorid flies as they emerge from eggs, take flight and launch attacks on red imported fire ants. Soon after a female fly stings an ant and inserts an egg, the ant's head falls off and a fly larva emerges from the head.

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  • "Flight check": Newly emerged fly prepares to take off and search for a mate (1 min. 29 sec.)

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  • Adult phorid fly emerges from one of a group of decapitated fire ant heads that contain fly larvae (1 min. 36 sec.)

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  • Phorid flies attack fire ants—and are attacked by doomed ants (1 min. 19 sec.)

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News (May 19, 2004)
Magazine (February 2003)

Want to learn more?

Visit the ARS Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects website.

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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