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. Cassell's natural history. Animals; Animal behavior. HIPPOBOSCA EQUINA. FAMILY XXI.—HIPPOBOSCID^. In this family wings and halteres are generally present, though the insects do not seem to have much occasion for such organs, as they live parasitically upon the bodies of birds and mammals. They have a hard, depressed body ; the head is placed horizontally, and bears large eyes ; the antennae are very short; the proboscis consists of the maxill* and labrum alone, the labium being abbreviated ; and the legs are articulated at the sides of a very broad pectoral plate, so that in some cases #they

. Cassell's natural history. Animals; Animal behavior. HIPPOBOSCA EQUINA. FAMILY XXI.—HIPPOBOSCID^. In this family wings and halteres are generally present, though the insects do not seem to have much occasion for such organs, as they live parasitically upon the bodies of birds and mammals. They have a hard, depressed body ; the head is placed horizontally, and bears large eyes ; the antennae are very short; the proboscis consists of the maxill* and labrum alone, the labium being abbreviated ; and the legs are articulated at the sides of a very broad pectoral plate, so that in some cases #they Stock Photo
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. Cassell's natural history. Animals; Animal behavior. HIPPOBOSCA EQUINA. FAMILY XXI.—HIPPOBOSCID^. In this family wings and halteres are generally present, though the insects do not seem to have much occasion for such organs, as they live parasitically upon the bodies of birds and mammals. They have a hard, depressed body ; the head is placed horizontally, and bears large eyes ; the antennae are very short; the proboscis consists of the maxill* and labrum alone, the labium being abbreviated ; and the legs are articulated at the sides of a very broad pectoral plate, so that in some cases #they seem to spring from the sides of the body. The wings are usually distinctly veined only towards the fore margin; they are sometimes deciduous, and sometimes altogether wanting ; the halteres are .small, free, and placed low down ; and the tarsi have very strong bifid claws. Hippobosca equina, the type of this family, is panisitic upon Horses ; it is well known in the New Forest under MELornAGus oviN-us. the namc of the Forest Fly. The Sheep Tick {Melopharjvs ovinus) is another well-known species ; it has no wings, and the abdomen is widened posteriorly. The genus LijMptena is peculiar. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Duncan, P. Martin (Peter Martin), 1821-1891; Metcalf Collection (North Carolina State University). NCRS. London [etc] Cassell & Company, Limited