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Apocephalus sp.

Apocephalus sp.

A pair of ant-decapitating flies (Phoridae: Apocephalus sp.) close in on a carpenter ant (Camponotus chromaiodes). The flies appeared shortly after the photographer exposed the ant nest. Sand Ridge State Forest, Illinois, USA.

DipteraPhoridaeApocephalusCamponotus chromaiodesparasitic fliesant decapitating fliesinsects in flightparasitism