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. Brown, Small 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.
- World’s Smallest Fly Decapitates Ants (news.discovery.com)
- Do the world’s smallest flies decapitate tiny ants? (eurekalert.org)
- imabonehead: World’s Smallest Fly Decapitates Ants and Lives in Their Severed Heads – International Science Times (isciencetimes.com)
- World’s Tiniest Fly May Decapitate Ants, Live in Their Heads (livescience.com)
- World’s smallest fly found, and oy, is it small! (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)