BITING FLIES MORPHOLOGY

  1. Small, slender, and fragile. Long legs. Long and sharp proboscis. Wings coated with scales, may be dislodged, rubbed off. Males have feathered antennae (plumose). Females have very long antennae. Wing folded over abdomen at rest. The presence/abdomen and number of hairs on thorax used to ID adults.

    MOSQUITOES, DEER FLIES, BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES
    MOSQUITOES
  2. 1/2 inch long, dark patches on wings, males have compound eyes, that touch while females have separated eyes.

    MOSQUITOES, DEER FLIES, BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES
    DEER FLIES
  3. Large - up to 3/4 inch, robust fly, with prominent eyes and clear patchless wings.

    MOSQUITOES, DEER FLIES, BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES
    HORSE FLIES
  4. Very small, 1/25 - 1/5 inch, typically black, hump backed appearance, nicknamed "buffalo gnats".

    MOSQUITOES, DEER FLIES, BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES
    BLACK FLIES
  5. Looks similar to a house fly but slightly larger and with a sharp proboscis. Sometime referred to as "biting housefly".

    BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES, STABLE FLIES, BITING MIDGES
    STABLE FLIES
  6. 1/25 to 1/8 inch. Typically black, brown, or gray.

    BLACK FLIES, HORSE FLIES, STABLE FLIES, BITING MIDGES
    BITING MIDGES
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BITING FLIES MORPHOLOGY
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BITING FLIES MORPHOLOGY
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