Navigation Links
Do the world's smallest flies decapitate tiny ants?
Date:7/2/2012

A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly.

The tiny fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali, is also the first of its genus to be discovered in Asia, and it belongs to a fly family (Phoridae) that is known for "decapitating" ants.

Some species in the Phoridae fly family lay eggs in the bodies of ants, and the resulting larvae feed in the ants' heads, eventually causing decapitation. In fact, some of these phorid flies are being used to try to control fire ants in the southern United Sates.

The new fly species is described in the July issue of Annals of the Entomological Society of America in an article called "Small Size No Protection for Acrobat Ants: World's Smallest Fly Is a Parasitic Phorid (Diptera: Phoridae)" (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/AN12011).

According to the author, Dr. Brian Brown of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, these flies can probably decapitate some of the smallest ants in the world, ones with heads as small as 0.5 millimeters. Although this has not yet been observed, it is highly likely because the fly's only known relative, Euryplatea eidmanni, is known to parasitize ants in Equatorial Guinea.

"It had always been assumed that smaller species of ants would be free from attack because it would be physically impossible for flies that are 1-3 millimeters in length to develop in their relatively tiny heads," he said. "However, here we show that even the smallest host ants in a host-parasitoid system cannot escape parasitism."


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Brian Brown
melaloncha@gmail.com
213-763-3363
Entomological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Smallest and largest fetuses at greater risk of being stillborn, research finds
2. U-M forecasters predict second-smallest Gulf of Mexico dead zone
3. Glycogen accumulation in neurons causes brain damage and shortens the lives of flies and mice
4. Fruit flies provide new knowledge about uninhibited cell growth
5. Stoneflies mapped across Ohio, with implications for water quality and nature conservation
6. Black flies may have a purpose after all
7. Monarch butterflies down again this year as decline continues, says Texas A&M expert
8. Study reveals how monarch butterflies recolonize northern breeding range
9. Commonly used herbicides seen as threat to endangered butterflies
10. Want bigger plants? Get to the root of the matter
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Do the world's smallest flies decapitate tiny ants?
(Date:11/30/2016)... , Nov. 30, 2016 Not many of us realize that we ... of recovery so we need to do it well. Inadequate sleep levels have been ... blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer. Maybe now is the best ... that could help them to manage their sleep quality? ... ...
(Date:11/29/2016)... BOSTON , Nov. 29, 2016 BioDirection, ... rapid point-of-care products for the objective detection of concussion ... the company has successfully completed a meeting with the ... company,s Tbit™ blood test Pre-Submission Package. During the meeting ... Tbit™ system as a precursor to commencement of a ...
(Date:11/29/2016)... CANNES, France , November 29, 2016 Nearly ... Continue Reading ... ... System is part of an efficient Identity Management. (PRNewsFoto/DERMALOG Identification Systems) ... DERMALOG is Germany's largest Multi-Biometric ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Oxford Gene Technology ... NGS panel range with the launch of the SureSeq myPanel™ ... of variants in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The panel delivers single ... a single small panel and allows customisation by ,mix and ... exons for LDLR , P C ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Worcester, Mass (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... KbioBox genetic data bioInformatics portal. In response to client demand KbioBox developed a ... gene edit biodesign program. Both are accessible from KBioBox’s new website, https://www.kbiobox.com/ ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... Oculus as finalists in the World Technology Awards. uBiome is one of just ... received across all categories. , In addition to uBiome, companies nominated as finalists ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: ... company focused on developing and commercializing products to ... medical need, announced today the long-term follow-up data ... (dusquetide), a first-in-class Innate Defense Regulator (IDR), in ... and neck cancer patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy (CRT).  ...
Breaking Biology Technology: