DaveM's picture

Fly fop ID please

Observed: 11th October 2013 By: DaveMDaveM’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Is this a shed skin? Do flies shed there skins?

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stevegregory's picture

Don't shed skins, but do go

Don't shed skins, but do go mouldy!

DD's picture

It's probably caused by the

It's probably caused by the fungal infection Entomophthora muscae, which typically leaves the dead fly in this position.

DD

Joe Botting's picture

Body-snatchers

I assume this is one of those fungi that affects the behaviour of the fly by infiltrating the brain, and forcing it to attach itself to a high point, from which the spores can disperse more widely? It's amazing what parasites can get up to...

stevegregory's picture

Return of the zombie

Return of the zombie flies......

Joe Botting's picture

Mmmm.... brainsss....

Thanks Steve - I'm now desperately trying not to imagine a plague of undead mozzies.