Diptera: Flies - Alex Wild Photography
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Lipoptena depressa

Lipoptena depressa

Hippobiscid flies such as this deer ked (Lipoptena depressa) are specialized external parasites of birds and mammals. In spite of their flattened tick-like appearance, these insects are actually related to house flies. Empire Mine State Park, California, USA.

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