Taxonomy

The family Psychodidae includes six subfamilies (Duck-house, 1973), only two ofwhich include species ofknown public health and veterinary importance: the Psychodinae and Phlebotominae. Sycorax silacea of the subfamily Syco-racinae is a vector of a filarial parasite (Icosiella neglecta) of the frog Rana esculenta, a species commercially raised for human consumption in France.

Adults of Psychodinae (Fig. 9.1) have relatively short mouthparts, short antennal segments, and short legs and hold their wings level or sloping downward (rooflike)

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