Is this a shed skin? Do flies shed there skins?
No identification made yet.
No interactions present.
Don't shed skins, but do go mouldy!
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It's probably caused by the fungal infection Entomophthora muscae, which typically leaves the dead fly in this position.
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...
Return of the zombie flies......
Thanks Steve - I'm now desperately trying not to imagine a plague of undead mozzies.
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