…is a unique and unusual species of Picture-winged fly (Ulidiidae) which is native to the Northeast United States. Like other picture-winged flies M. myrmecoides larvae likely feed on decaying organic matter and adults most likely feed on nectar. Myrmecothea myrmecoides is a noted ant mimic, mimicking an ant almost perfectly. It is yet unknown what benefit this mimicry serves M. myrmecoides.
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