New killer fly discovered in Africa

A team of scientists has discovered a new species (Trichoura pardeos), whose genus lives exclusively in arid environments of southern Africa.

The study on the finding has been published in African Invertebrates. The gender Trichoura It now consists of seven species. The specimens are usually reddish brown with silver, white and yellowish markings.

The new species of fly inhabits a large rocky hill, where vegetation is scarce and the surviving plants, such as aloes, have become resistant to droughts.

They are characterized by harassing wasps, bees, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders and even other species of flies, which they catch in full flight and inject their venom. This aggressive behavior has earned them the nickname "murderers".