The study of blackflies has come of agethe blackfly is now recognized as a carrier of major endemic diseases; its larval stages are seen to play a major role in the ecology of rivers and streams; and blackfly chromosomes have proved unusually amenable material for cytogenetical studies. The expanded interest in the blackfly has greatly increased the scientific literature about themliterature that is extremely technical, highly specialized, and often of little help to non-specialists. This work bridges the gap between specialists and those whose work brings them in contact with the blackfly, but who need information at a more general level. It synthesizes present knowledge about the natural history of the fly family Simuliidae, covering taxonomic background, elements of larval structure and life in water, adult fly structure, migration, mating, biting and bloodsucking, human diseases, and natural enemies of larval and adult flies. Over 1200 bibliographic citations, a glossary of technical terms, and numerous figures, tables and illustrations are included.
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Table of Contents
Reference List of Main Facts.
The Historical Setting of Present Knowledge.
The Taxonomic Background.
Prehistory and Geographical Distribution.
LIFE IN THE WATER.
Elements of Larval Structure and Function.
Larval Development and Feeding.
Larval Anchorage and Movement.
The Lotic Environment and Larval Habitats.
Development on Other Aquatic Animals: A Special Ecology.
Natural Enemies of the Aquatic Stages.
The Pupa and Adult Fly Emergence.
Elements of Adult Fly Structure and Function.
Sexual Meeting and Mating.
Flight and Migration.
Host Animals, Biting and Bloodsucking.
Maturing and Laying the Eggs.
Natural Enemies of Adult Flies.
BLACKFLIES AND MANKIND.
Pests of Man and Domestic Animals.
Blackflies and Human Disease.
Index of Blackfly Names.
Index of Other Organism Names.