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Wham!  A parasitic phorid fly (Pseudacteon) plants her ovipositor between the abdominal sclerites of a Linepithema oblongum worker ant to lay her egg.  The oviposition takes less than a second. The hapless ant will later be consumed alive by the developing fly larva.

Termas de Reyes, Jujuy, Argentina

Wham! A parasitic phorid fly (Pseudacteon) plants her ovipositor between the abdominal sclerites of a Linepithema oblongum worker ant to lay her egg. The oviposition takes less than a second. The hapless ant will later be consumed alive by the developing fly larva. Termas de Reyes, Jujuy, Argentina

Linepithema oblongumLinepithemadolichoderinaeformicidaehymenopteraworker antattackphoridaePseudacteonPseudacteon lontraeinsectsinsectdipteraparasitoidparasitismovipositovipositionphorid flyactioneggecologybiological controlnatural enemies