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September 24, 2008, 6:43 pm

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Suicide flies


"Gak!  Cough!  I just swallowed a bug."

These flies, about a quarter to one-half inch in length, are often found flitting about clumsily in swarms during the spring and autumn months of warm & damp climates.  Mated pairs bond together at the abdomen & link for the rest of their brief lives.  The female is twice the size of the male & is the one that flies forward after bonding.  The most notable trait of these flies is that they are absolutely fearless, and will even fly right into the mouth of a predator, or an unwilling and unsuspecting person who walks through one of their swarms.  Suicide flies can detect exhaled breath, and are quite willing to be eaten.  It is only after being eaten or crushed that the larval forms can emerge.  The adults lack useful mouth parts for eating, and may only drink water.  The larvae are omnivorous & can eat nearly anything organic.  After bonding, both of a pair generate a chemical in their bodies that makes them sweet and very tasty, & gives a soft red hue to their underbellies.  Unbonded, they just taste like bugs. Pupae taste like bitter dirt.  Should a mated pair go uneaten (or unsquished) the larvae are not released from their egg casings & will eventually starve along with their parents.  Once eaten, the egg casings can survive being chewed and survive the passage through the stomach.  In larger animals—certainly anything cat-size or bigger—they hatch inside the intestine & devourer the partly digested food found there.  Eventually they pupate and are excreted.  Smaller predators:  toads, mice, spiders, other insects, don’t have such an easy time as unwitting hosts.  For these creatures the tiny white grubby dots of larvae will eventually consume much of their host before pupation.  After months of living within a host, they form tough chrysalises & transform into the flying adults.  In the event that a mated pair of suicide flies is crushed—underfoot or by a flyswatter, for example—the larvae are still released.  It is much more difficult for them to find food, but they can survive on plant life and the organic matter in the soil.

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Voted Cheka Man
September 24, 2008, 19:46
Flies that want to die. A great explanation for those insects in rl that fly right into your mouth. Do they fly into webs on purpose as well?
September 24, 2008, 20:14
Nah, spiders suck the juices out of their bodies which prevents the eggs from hatching.
Voted Maggot
September 24, 2008, 20:43
Interesting little creatures. Their biology while unusual, is certainly plausible. Do small predators of the nature that you described, avoid eating bonded suicide flies due to the lethal consequences that might follow?
September 24, 2008, 20:48
Little bug-eating critters, like frogs & such, aren't really going to be very aware of the dangers of consuming them. And the bugs are delicious.
Voted Ouroboros
September 25, 2008, 3:34
Very nice. Just dont be afraid to put it into paragraphs - looks nicer and makes it easier to read...

Good job!

Voted Scrasamax
September 25, 2008, 8:41
Nicely done, but paragraphs would be nice.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
September 25, 2008, 10:06
What Scras and Ouro said. Thanks.
Voted MoonHunter
September 25, 2008, 13:36
Okay, you have already gotten the "we need you to clean up your paragraphs and odd characters speach".

I like these insects. They have a good ecology and really have no adventuring purpose (i.e. they don't kill/ maim/ disable adventurers). They fit the color of your world (and othe worlds).
Voted valadaar
September 25, 2008, 19:54
I think that there are real life parasites which are not that far off, but these are different enough to be cool.

Now humans with compromised immune systems might not fare well either.
Voted manfred
September 30, 2008, 15:04
Well, if you happened to feed somebody with a dozen of the flies or more, they could really have an impact on your health. Or imagine a swarm of these happening on a sleeping person... annoying, and potentially dangerous. Always mind those little caveats. :)

Ugly writing, but very logical and I like that.
Voted axlerowes
September 18, 2009, 18:53
This is a really fun idea, and I think it could be great life form with some revisiting.

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