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Mind-Blown Science: The Ant-decapitating Fly

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

Headshot of Brian Brown of  NHM
Dr. Brian Brown is Head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology.  Dr. Brown received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Guelph in Ontario, and then earned his doctorate at the University of Alberta. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the museum staff in 1993. Brown's research centers on the systematics, evolution, and natural history of phorid flies, especially the parasitoid species known as "ant-decapitating flies" and "bee-killing flies."


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.