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Family Nycteribiidae

Nycteribiidae - Basilia bat fly - Basilia boardmani - female bat fly - Basilia boardmani - female bat fly - Basilia boardmani - female Basilia forcipata Basilia forcipata Basilia antrozi - Basilia
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Hippoboscoidea
Family Nycteribiidae
Explanation of Names
Nycteribiidae Samouelle 1819
Numbers
6 spp. in a single genus in our area, ~280 spp. in 11 genera of 3 subfamilies total(1)
Size
1.5-5.0 mm(2)
Range
worldwide(1)
Habitat
Found in the fur of bats
Food
Adults are obligate blood feeders on bats; larvae remain in mother until ready to pupate (as in other Pupipara)
Life Cycle
Females give birth to one (sometimes more) offspring in a process that resembles true viviparity. The fly leaves the host only to deposit the larvae in a safe place to pupate. Wingless (they can afford it because their hosts return to the same roost regularly.) --B. Zvolanek, FB comm.
Works Cited
1.Checklist of World Nycteribiidae (Diptera: Hippoboscoidea)
Graciolli G., Dick C.W. 2018.
2.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.