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Species Pseudacteon tricuspis

Pseudacteon fly attacking fire ants - Pseudacteon tricuspis - female Pseudacteon fly attacking fire ants - Pseudacteon tricuspis - female
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 Pseudacteon (Fire Ant Decapitating Flies)
Species tricuspis (Pseudacteon tricuspis)
Remarks
Introduced from South America starting in 1997 to control the invasive South American fire ant Solenopsis invicta. It doesn't seem to have a significant impact, though.
released along with P. curvatus (Porter et.al., Florida Entomologist 84(4), Dec 2001)
Print References
Henne, Donald C. et al. 2007. Status of the Fire Ant Decapitating Fly Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera: Phoridae) in Louisiana. The Florida Entomologist 90(3):565-569.
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