Teeny Fly Likely Cuts Off Tiny Heads – Yahoo! News

Teeny Fly Likely Cuts Off Tiny Heads – Yahoo! News.

Euryplatea nanaknihali-Nader Nazemi

Euryplatea nanaknihali

Tiny but deadly. I wonder if we breathe these in all the time in our lungs ?
Fruit flies are pretty small. But they laugh at a species of fly recently discovered in Thailand. Dubbed Euryplatea nanaknihali, this member of the phorid fly family is less than half a millimeter long—a fifth the size of a fruit fly.
But before you ooh and aah over the “cute widdle bug,” bear in mind that it probably makes its living cutting off the heads of tiny ants. The fly is described in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. [Brian V. BrownSmall Size No Protection for Acrobat Ants: World’s Smallest Fly Is a Parasitic Phorid 
Many phorid species lay their eggs in living ants. The newly hatched larvae move to the ants’ heads, feed on them and eventually decapitate them.

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