SAND FLY TAXONOMY TUTORIAL

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Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

Let's face it. They're tiny and difficult.

Observe the specimen's abdomen without the use of a microscope. If the posterior end looks blunt like this, then it is a female.

Sand fly female

Sand fly female

(Illus credit: Lane & Crosskey 1993

Sand fly male

Phlebotomus duboscqi female terminalia

Photo credit: WRAIR)


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