Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

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Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 19935Post notmyidea
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:56 pm

I collected 27 Lasius alienus Queens last summer.
I now have only 10! :cry:
I lost 5 for unknown reasons but the other dozen had this:


The Queens aren't dead yet....but the writing is on the wall :cry:

Then I saw a video from AntsCanada:
which explains it all.

These Queens are really tough. I only have two with eggs. I've been 3 for 4 with Formica Queens.

I kind of think these flies must know when nuptial flights are and wait for the Queens since I have such a high rate of this happening.

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Re: Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 20013Post Martialis
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:37 pm

Yikes! Sorry about that luck.
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Re: Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 20205Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:24 am

WOW! For some reason I m ew it had to be a fly of some sort. I have been a "bug nerd" since I was a kid but I gotta say, that's crazy you had that many infected. Nasty flies!!!
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