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Species Lipoptena cervi - Deer Ked

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Hippoboscoidea
Family Hippoboscidae (Louse Flies)
Subfamily Lipopteninae
Genus Lipoptena
Species cervi (Deer Ked)
Other Common Names
Old World Deer Ked, Deer Fly, Elk Fly
Numbers
Three spp. in the genus per Arnett (1985) (1)

Lipoptena cervi Linnaeus 1758
Lipoptena depressa Say 1823
Lipoptena mazamae Rondani 1878
Size
3.5 - 5 mm
Food
They are parasites of elk, deer and other bovine animals, sucking blood and laying eggs in the fur of the host animals.
Life Cycle
Once the insect reaches its target, it sheds its wings and starts burrowing through the fur.
Remarks
Winged adults fly in the fall, sometimes until December.
Introduced species, originally found in Europe, Siberia, and Northern China.
Internet References
Photo - Lipoptena cervi (Linnaeus, 1758), male Hippoboscidae
Photo - Lipoptena cervi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Photo - Lipoptena cervi