Deer Louse Fly - unidentified |

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Deer Louse Fly (unidentified)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Diptera > Calyptratae > Hippoboscidae

Ectoparasite of deer; after settling on the host, the fly loses its wings. At least two species of deer lice occur in California: Lipoptena depressa and Neolipoptena ferrisi.The two species can be separated by the presence or absence of abdominal markings, which may be difficult to tell from photos of winged specimens.

1. Powell, J.A. & C.L. Hogue. 1979. California Insects.

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