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'Mythical' corpse-eating fly rediscovered

bone-skipper fly centrophlebomyia anthropophaga decaying corpses

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

THIS species of fly was declared extinct more than 100 years ago. Here's the problem. It's still buzzing around, feasting merrily on decaying corpses.

The 'bone-skipper', or Centrophlebomyia anthropophaga if you're in a scientific mood, once developed quite a reputation for eating human remains. Not fresh remains, mind you. These flies prefer bodies in advanced stages of decomposition.

Thankfully, their diet isn't exclusively human. Bone-skippers love to pick over large animals, and researchers believe they flourished several centuries ago when those animals were more plentiful.

http://www.news.com....c-1226676479574

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:44 PM

oh wow this is very interesting thank you for the post stills!

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:50 PM

It seems like our flying friend here retired to a quiet place until the time would be more propitious... warming helps.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

indeed

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:04 PM

Ok, that's incredibly gross and incredibly cool at the same time.


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:36 PM

View Postrashore, on 09 July 2013 - 09:04 PM, said:

Ok, that's incredibly gross and incredibly cool at the same time.
zombie flies!

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