Studies on European Ant Decapitating Flies (Diptera: Phoridae): I. Releasers and Phenology of Parasitism of Pseudacteon formicarum

@inproceedings{Maschwitz2008StudiesOE,
  title={Studies on European Ant Decapitating Flies (Diptera: Phoridae): I. Releasers and Phenology of Parasitism of Pseudacteon formicarum},
  author={Ulrich Maschwitz and Andreas Weissflog and Silvia Seebauer and R. L. Henry Disney and Vanessa Witte},
  year={2008}
}
Pseudacteonformicarum is a common parasitoid ofLasius niger and Lasius emarginatus in Europe exclusively parasitizing workers. At ant nests but also at trophobiosis sites the female flies pursue workers and hover closely above their gasters. Subsequently diving down they ram their sharply pointed and sabre like ovipositor into the intersegmental fold between gaster segments two and three, perforate the cuticle and lay one egg. During this their wings and legs are pulled against the body and… CONTINUE READING