Other Common Names
Old World Deer Ked, Deer Fly, Elk Fly
Three spp. in the genus per Arnett (1985) (1)
Lipoptena cervi Linnaeus 1758
Lipoptena depressa Say 1823
Lipoptena mazamae Rondani 1878
They are parasites of elk, deer and other bovine animals, sucking blood and laying eggs in the fur of the host animals.
Once the insect reaches its target, it sheds its wings and starts burrowing through the fur.
Winged adults fly in the fall, sometimes until December.
Introduced species, originally found in Europe, Siberia, and Northern China.
- Lipoptena cervi (Linnaeus, 1758), male Hippoboscidae
- Lipoptena cervi (Linnaeus, 1758)