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Midges on Flying Stick

Forcipomyia sp

Description:

This is an ectoparasite, preying on arthropods externally as opposed to endoparasites that are within the host. I found nothing beyond the Genus level. These measured about 2 mm in size. They are a cream color and were found attached on the thorax (2) and one on the leg. Unfortunately I didn't even notice them until looking at the pictures on my computer so don't have any close ups of the midges. See the flying stick here: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/62...

Habitat:

These parasites were found on a flying stick encountered on an outside wall of a new clinic building in a remote jungle village (365 masl).

Notes:

Some of these midges suck blood from animals while others prey on insects (Ectoparasites). Thanks to PN's late Andreas Kay for the identification. See his post in the lower reference to the right.

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6 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 3 weeks ago

Thanks Brian. I missed you earlier.

Tukup
Tukup 3 weeks ago

Thanks ornithoptera. It is.

ornithoptera80
ornithoptera80 3 weeks ago

very interesting Tukup

Tukup
Tukup 3 weeks ago

Thanks Michael. I quickly scanned my fotos and show 3 examples over 7 years. Two of them were sporting these parasites. Evidently quite common for some reason. It would be interesting to know if ectoparasites can actually kill their host.

Michael Sarill
Michael Sarill 3 weeks ago

Great educational notes on Ectoparasites, Tukup. I wonder if this insect was able to survive the parasite infection.

Brian38
Brian38 3 weeks ago

Very cool spotting Tukup!

Tukup
Spotted by
Tukup

Montalvo (Andoas), Pastaza, Ecuador

Lat: -2.06, Long: -77.17

Spotted on Feb 19, 2007
Submitted on Feb 2, 2020

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