UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Santa Cruz County, California, USA December 15, 2007 Size: ~2mm (whole fly)
Caught this louse fly today on a golden crown sparrow I was banding. Examination under a microscope revealed huge crops of egg-like masses extending off the abdomen. When I zoomed in on the abdomen, I saw two things: some mite-like critters attached to it and some swollen mite-like critters that were what the "eggs" were actually attached to. If any one has any insights on this or interest in investigating further, I'd be happy to take some more sharper pictures. I was having trouble figuring out the camera focus on the microscope but I think I can improve if needed.
Contributed by joesapp on 15 December, 2007 - 7:57pm Last updated 19 October, 2012 - 9:12am
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