May 24, 2004

Fire Ants Under Attack By Decapitating Flies

The prey Posted by Hello

The permanent establishment of a new species of phorid fly is bad news for the red imported fire ant, according to the USDA's Agricultural Research Service scientists who are working to control the aggressive ant that has spread across the southern United States.

The predator Posted by Hello
Phorid fly maggots live in the head capsules of their fire ant hosts, eventually decapitating them and pupating inside their heads. Phorid flies attack only fire ants.
P. curvatus is one more natural enemy of fire ants that scientists can add to their arsenal of biological control agents.
Who knew?

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