LOUSE FLIES Family Hippoboscidae

Identification: Winged or wingless; wings when present, with strong veins anteriorly and weak veins posteriorly. Palps slender, elongate, and forming a sheath for the proboscis. Eyes well developed.

Winged louse flies are usually found on birds. A common wingless species in this group is the Sheep Ked, Melophagus

ovinus (Linn.), about 6 mm. and reddish brown; it is an ectoparasite of sheep.

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