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Species Simulium annulus - Loon Blackfly

Simulium annulus - Infestation of Common Loon Nest Platform - Simulium annulus Simulium annulus - Infestation of Common Loon Nest Platform - Simulium annulus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Simuliidae (Black Flies)
Genus Simulium
Species annulus (Loon Blackfly)
Food
Adult flies suck blood with a surprisingly strong preference for Common Loons (Gavia imer). The species has also been implicated as a serious pest of Whooping Cranes at an experimental colony in Wisconsin.
Print References
Weinandt ML, Meyer M, Strand M, Lindsay AR 2012. Cues used by the black fly, Simulium annulus, for attraction to the common loon (Gavia immer). J Vector Ecol. 37(2):359-64.

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