Assassin Fly: Phylogeny

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

For more than 100 million years assassin flies have ruled the world of insects as a top predator, and over 7,500 species are alive today. 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)