Series Schizophora Pupipara

Highly modified and specialized parasites of birds and mammals. Females characteristically give birth singly to virtually fully developed larvae; the latter then almost immediately pupate.


29. Family MUSCIDAE

Small to relatively large flies, mostly resembling house flies; similar to members of the family Calliphoridae but without hypopleural bristles; squamae large and covering the halteres. Some

Dorsoventrally flattened insects, modified as external parasites of warm-blooded vertebrates; antennae 1-segmented; legs short and stout; tarsal claws strong and often dentate; wings present, vestigial or absent.

EXAMPLES: Hippobosca equina (forest fly), Melophagus ovinus (sheep ked).

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