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Non-native flies threaten Galapagos birds

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 04:34 PM

I hope the control/eradication project is successful:


"On a remote island in the Galapagos, petri dishes filled with blood-guzzling maggots represent hope. A grisly sliver of the stuff perhaps, but still, hope. That's because here, at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, scientists are working tirelessly to save the Galapagos Island’s birds from the parasitic fly Philornis downsi. As adults, the flies are relatively harmless, feasting on fruit. But when it comes time to lay their eggs, they unleash a menace upon Galapagos songbirds: larvae that feeds on the blood of hatchlings, often killing them."






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