Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Is it a sand fly?

While moth flies hold their wings flat on the body, live sand flies hold their wings in a "V" above the body, as shown here. Sand fly wings are less than 3 mm long and are covered in dense hairs.

moth fly

Psychoda ssp.

Photo credit: J Berger

sand fly

Sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpus

Photo credit: WRAIR)

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