Thread subject: :: do hippoboscidae attack human?

Posted by Zeegers on 30-10-2005 15:43

Hippobosca equina is actually quite fond of man, as long as you sweat.
I once caught several specimens on fellow travellers in the north of Spain (northwest of Barcelona).
You can find Hipppobosc at least from May till end of September, on warmer days.
Lipoptena cervi is typically a very late autumn species: end of August till end of October. Any small Lipoptena from eastern Europe from spring or summer is bound to be our second species: L. fortisetosa (also attacking man).

Other Hippoboscidae are known to attack man only incidently (for instance, when a bird ringer handels an infected bird).

Theo Zeegers