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Mind-Blown Science: The Ant-decapitating Fly

Violence in the insect world: a new type of ant decapitation

Ant decapitating fly up-close

Dr. Brian Brown, head of NHM's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology, discovers new species all the time: not just in L.A. County but around the world as well! Field research in Brazil revealed a new species of ant decapitating flies.