The case of the headless ant

Flies find and decapitate fire ants by tracking their venom

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM September 23, 2009

Halloween is right around the corner, which means scary movies are playing at the theater and trick-or-treaters are shopping for costumes. This year, there’s no need to go looking for spooky thrills and chills in graveyards — inspiration can come from nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caption: A phorid fly hovers above a fire ant before laying an egg in the ant’s thorax. Fire ant venom attracts the flies to the ants, scientists report.

 

Caption: A phorid fly hovers above a fire ant before laying an egg in the ant’s thorax. Fire ant venom attracts the flies to the ants, scientists report.

 

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