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Apocephalus coquilletti - female

Apocephalus coquilletti - Female
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 7, 2011
Size: 2.5 mm est.
These phorids were attempting to oviposit on Camponotus pennsylvanicus gathered on bait I put out for yellowjackets. Things were getting pretty miserable for the ants, which also had to contend with foraging yellowjackets. I did note an interesting behavior by the ants when threatened by phorid attack. When the flies were hovering above them, the ants began rapidly and constantly gyrating their abdomens, a behavior I haven't noticed before. Based on Brown 2002, I suspect these are Apocephalus coquilletti.

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Moved
Moved from Scuttle Flies.

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Yup, Apo coquilletti. Fabulous photos.

Brian

nice!
Great series!

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