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Genus Lutzomyia - Sand Flies

Very Odd Whatsit - Lutzomyia Diptera - Lutzomyia Lutzomyia
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Psychodomorpha
Family Psychodidae (Moth Flies and Sand Flies)
Subfamily Phlebotominae
Genus Lutzomyia (Sand Flies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly included in Phlebotomus, which is now restricted to the Old World. Lutzomyia has been split more recently and genus ID may not be possible any more.
Explanation of Names
Lutzomyia Fran├ža 1924
Numbers
9 spp. in our area, >70 spp. in 5 subgenera total(1)
Identification
Flagellomeres cylindrical or only slightly swollen, mouthparts long, Rs with four branches.
Range
Tropical and warm temperate regions; in our area, mostly coastal and border states north to WA & MD
Food
Females drink blood
Remarks
Vector of Leishmaniasis (in areas where the disease is present).
Internet References
Fact sheet (Mann et al. 2007-2015)[Cite:185010]