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Family Hippoboscidae - Louse Flies

Hippoboscid Fly, from White-throated Sparrow Lipoptena? - Lipoptena cervi Flat fly Cleg fly - Lipoptena Stocky insect louse fly Louse Fly This fly crawled out of an aquatic D-net sample taken by one of my students on the Rogue River. It has halteres.
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Hippoboscoidea
Family Hippoboscidae (Louse Flies)
Other Common Names
Louse Flies, Bird Ticks, Tick Flies
Explanation of Names
Hippoboscidae Samouelle 1819
3 subfamilies, with 31 spp. in 13 genera in our area and >210 spp. in 21 genera of total(1)(2)
the only member of the nominate subfamily recorded in NA, Hippobosca longipennis, may not be established(3)
1.5-12 mm(3)
worldwide and across NA
blood of birds/mammals; host records in(4)
Life Cycle
Print References
Bequaert J. (1942) A monograph of the Melophaginae, or ked-flies, of sheep, goats, deer and antelopes (Diptera, Hippoboscidae). Entomologica Americana 22: 1-220.
Bequaert J.C. (1957) The Hippoboscidae or louse-flies (Diptera) of mammals and birds. Part II. Taxonomy, evolution and revision of American genera and species. Entomologica Americana 36: 417–611.
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.Checklist of World Hippoboscidae (Diptera: Hippoboscoidea)
Dick C.W. 2006.
3.Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Gary Mullen, Lance Durden. 2002. Academic Press.
4.A revised Checklist and Concise Host Index of Hippoboscidae (Diptera).
Maa, T.C. 1969. Pacific Insects Monograph 20: 261-299.