Phorid Fly Hordes Strike Fear Into The Hearts Of Fire Ants
TAMPA - Someday, maybe in your back yard, a fire ant will be toiling, lugging a grain of sand from the mound. Happy as an ant can be.
Then it feels a dart of discomfort, over in a tenth of a second, and knows something is wrong.
Its legs tap the soil. It bends and twists, then it goes on doing what ants do. About three weeks later, its head falls off.
How cool is that?
``Everyone likes that part,'' said George Schneider, who is in charge of raising pinhead- size flies that can behead fire ants.