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Diseased Flies

Diseased Flies
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 22, 2004
Now this was strange. These flies were all over this plant...20 or 30 of them. They were there for at least a couple of days....then all died there. They were all just shriveled up and stuck there. I have no idea why.

Hello Lynette, Those flies w
Hello Lynette,
Those flies were probably infected with a fungus that lives on insects, like Entomophora sp.
They interfere with the flies behaviour, in such a way that the fly goes to the tip of a branch or leaf, and dies there.
The fungus matures and spreads its spores!
greetings

 
By the way...
They probably are Anthomyiidae.

Paul

http://www.diptera.info

 
very interesting

 
Entomophthora
Just in case you want to search the web, Gerard's message had a typo. It should be Entomophthora.

Paul

http://www.diptera.info

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