Assassin Fly: Figure 1B - Head

Courtesy of David Grimaldi
April 21, 2014
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Assassin Fly head
Courtesy of David Grimaldi

Assassin flies are named for their fierce predation strategy; they ambush and catch their prey in flight, puncture their armor-like skeleton and inject them with digestive fluids before extracting the nutrients within. National Museum of Natural History scientist Torsten Dikow discovered and named a new 100 million year old species of assassin fly, Burmapogon bruckschi, after studying the first two specimens ever preserved in Burmese amber. (Courtesy of David Grimaldi)