HM - 2014

2014 // HM // Mr. Yousef Al Habshi // Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Specimen: Louse fly (Crataerina pallida) with its own egg. These biting flies are commonly found in the nests of the common swift bird (Apus apus) in Europe and Asia. The adult lousefly produces larvae in the late summer months which then pupate and lie dormant during the winter months inside the vacated swift nest. Adult flies hatch in the spring (when the first swift eggs are laid by returning birds) and feed on the birds' blood. C. pallida can be pests to adult and nestling swifts but are relatively benign, because their own species fitness depends on successful reproduction of swifts
Technique: Brightfield
Tags: Parasite // Brightfield

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