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Microdon

Microdon

Larvae of syrphid flies in the genus Microdon are so odd they were originally described as molluscs. The adults are more or less normal-looking flies, but larvae are predators of ant brood, living within the dark galleries of ant nests (in this case, Linepithema oblongum). Termas de Reyes, Jujuy, Argentina

ant nest guestsSyrphidaeMaggotsinquilines