The Challenger: Ben
The Mysterious Theologian: Chase
The Phorid Fly. Don’t let this benign image fool you! The Phorid Fly’s most endearing characteristic is that some “species reproduce by laying eggs in the thorax of the ant. The first instar larvae migrate to the head. The larvae develop by feeding on the hemolymph, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue in the head. Eventually, the larvae completely devour the ant’s brain, causing it to do nothing but wander aimlessly for approximately two weeks. After about two to four weeks, they cause the ant’s head to fall off by releasing an enzyme that dissolves the membrane attaching the ant’s head to its body. The fly pupates in the detached head capsule, requiring a further two weeks before emerging.” –Wikipedia.
4 thoughts on “Challenge #01 The Phorid Fly”
This reminds me of the biblical illustration of how a little leaven can ruin the entire batch.
anything that can defeat fire ants, I am for it. You ever been bitten by one ? They leave a scar. The bite hurts a lot. Are you familiar with that poem. God puts on His overalls and gets dirty running the universe, and serveral others we know nothing about.
I am now interested in What is the ecological purpose of the fly ? Just to kill these ants? I know God had a purpose for everything he made!
Sara, I’m not familiar with the poem, but if you post it, I’d love to read it!