Section I: Recognition and Identification of Phlebotomine Sand Flies

The purpose of this exercise is to introduce you to the external and internal morphological features of phlebotomine sand flies to prepare you to learn how to

  • 1. recognize them when you see them;
  • 2. separate the females from the males; and
  • 3. with the aid of various taxonomic keys, identify them to species.

Also, at the end of the tutorial, is some valuable information on slide mounting and dissecting specimens.

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