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.
Consider the case of fire ants and phorid flies. Fir...
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