Thread subject: :: Hippoboscidae Ornithomya avicularia?

Posted by blowave on 17-08-2011 19:12


This is the first time I have seen these, and I had a another but a different colour a week later!

The first one, which is green, was on 21st June. The brown one was on 28th June, both inside! I have Doves nesting behind a satellite dish so I was wondering if they were from that nest but I also have Starlings in the roof space.


The green one.. could be a female?

Posted by blowave on 17-08-2011 19:13

The brown one, maybe a male?

Posted by blowave on 17-08-2011 19:13

Side view..

Posted by Paul Beuk on 18-08-2011 08:52

They are Ornithomya but from the pictures I cannot tell which one. The dove might indeed indicate avicularia, asit will prefer somewhat bigger hosts in general as it is a larger species.

Posted by blowave on 18-08-2011 14:00

Thanks Paul, I found it depends on the number of bristles on the scutellum and I can't see on any of the photos how many there are for sure.

Posted by Zeegers on 18-08-2011 20:19

The wing venation indicates O. avicularia, indeed.

The green has nothing to do with sex but with blood !!
They turn green after sucking blood.

Those vampires


Posted by blowave on 18-08-2011 20:57

Thank you Theo!

Eeek, green blood? It can't have sucked my blood then! :D