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Mind-Blown Science: The Ant-decapitating Fly

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

Ant decapitating fly up-close

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.

Interested in more insects? See more stunning, spiky, hairy, shiny photographs featured in this month's issue of National Geographic taken by NHMLAC's very own Dr. Brian Brown, Curator of Entomology and Co-director of the Urban Nature Research Center. 

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