SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Is it a sand fly?

Even without the use of a microscope, you can see that sand flies are small (1-4 mm long) hairy insects, light brown to black in color, with black eyes, long legs and almost erect wings.

Sand fly habitus

Sand fly habitus

Illus. credit: Morphological characteristics for sand fly taxonomy, 2006, by Shabaan El-Hossary, Research and Training Center on Vectors of Diseases, Ain Shams University

Phlebotomus papatasi

Phlebotomus papatasi

Photo credit: J Stoffer


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