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One of the defenses fire ants (Solenopsis sp.) employ against parasitic phorid flies (Pseudacteon sp.) is to hide.   It is thought that the effectiveness of the flies in controlling pest fire ant populations is due more to disruption of the ants' normal foraging behavior than to the parasitism itself.

Parque Nacional El Palmar, Entre Rios, Argentina

One of the defenses fire ants (Solenopsis sp.) employ against parasitic phorid flies (Pseudacteon sp.) is to hide. It is thought that the effectiveness of the flies in controlling pest fire ant populations is due more to disruption of the ants' normal foraging behavior than to the parasitism itself. Parque Nacional El Palmar, Entre Rios, Argentina

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