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Hippoboscidae (keds and louse flies)

Wikipedia Abstract

Hippoboscidae, the louse flies or keds are obligate parasites of mammals and birds. In this family there are winged species which can fly at least reasonably well, as well as others with vestigial or no wings which are flightless and highly apomorphic. As usual in their superfamily Hippoboscoidea, most of the larval development takes place within the mother's body, and pupation occurs almost immediately.The sheep ked, Melophagus ovinus, is a wingless, reddish-brown fly that parasitizes sheep.
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