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Genus Apocephalus - Ant-decapitating Flies

Apocephalus coquilletti - female phorid hovers above Camponotus pennsylvanicus at bait - Apocephalus coquilletti - female fly-phorid? - Apocephalus Ant-decapitating Fly - Apocephalus scuttle fly - Apocephalus - male Ant-decapitating Fly - Apocephalus Ant-decapitating Fly - Apocephalus Apocephalus coquilletti? - Apocephalus coquilletti
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Superfamily Platypezoidea
Family Phoridae (Scuttle Flies)
Subfamily Metopininae
Genus Apocephalus (Ant-decapitating Flies)
Explanation of Names
Apocephalus Coquillett 1901
Numbers
Nearctica lists 24 species
Food
Endoparasitoids of ants.
Life Cycle
Apocephalus wallerae is a frequent nest associate of Atta texana. A. wallerae was common from April through November in Austin, TX (>160 collected at one ant entrance during a week in May 1980)(1)
Remarks
Some other Metopinini are also ant parasites; at least one species of Apocephalus is a bumble bee parasite.
Print References
Disney R.H.L. (1980) A new species of Apocephalus (Diptera: Phoridae) that parasitizes Atta texana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zeit. Ang. Zool. 67: 47-50.
Internet References
Contributions in Science. REVISION OF THE APOCEPHALUS PERGANDEI GROUP OF ANT-DECAPITATING FLIES (DIPTERA: PHORIDAE)
Works Cited
1.Invertebrate enemies and nest associates of the leaf-cutting ant Atta texana (Buckley) (Formicudae, Attini).
Waller, D.A. & J.C. Moser. 1990. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.