from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any fly of the family Phoridae
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the dipterous family Phoridæ.
- Having the characters of or belonging to the family Phoridæ.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Determining whether the phorid flies will work in Texas will take time, perhaps as long as a decade.
The tool is the tiny phorid fly, native to a region of South America where the fire ants in Texas originated.
Researchers have learned that there are as many as 23 phorid species along with pathogens that attack fire ants to keep their population and movements under control.
So far, four phorid species have been introduced in Texas .
Researchers began introducing phorid species in Texas in 1999.
Invertebrate stocks that colonized Ascension underwent a variety of evolutionary changes including phyletic evolution leading to endemic status, adaptation to subterranean life (Araneae, Pseudoscorpiones, Collembola, and Psocoptera), character release (phorid Diptera), and probably splitting of lineages (speciation) within the island (Isopoda, Collembola, and gryllid Orthoptera).
It says the phorid fly, or apocephalus borealis, was found in bees from three-quarters of the 31 hives surveyed in the San Francisco Bay area.
: Inspection report excerpt: At one bar, inspectors found phorid flies, sometimes called coffin flies, in a bottle of cognac
In Denver at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, inspectors found fruit flies in bottles of whiskey; and at the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, inspectors found "phorid flies, sometimes called coffin flies, in a bottle of cognac."
One a phorid female uses her hypodermic-needle-like ovipositor to inject her eggs into the ant's body cavity, it's all over.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.