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Species of Ornithomyia (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) From the Dutch North Sea Island of Vlieland

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1. Three species of Ornithomyia Latreille have been caught on birds and in birds' nests on the Isle of Vlieland. Two of these, O. avicularia L. and O. chloropus Bergroth, are common and most probably endemic. O. fringillina Curtis, may be endemic under favourable conditions but seems mainly to be imported from the mainland. 2. The three species have been found in nests, on juvenile birds and on migrants. There was no evidence of preference for different parts of the island. Mixed infections in nests were comparatively frequent. 3. Based on data from the past ten years, covering 338 flies, the seasonal distribution of the three species on the island is expressed in histograms. The results generally agree with those presented by other authors for northern Europe. 4. Puparia of the three species have been found in artificial nest boxes after the breeding season of the hosts. 5. It is concluded that competition may exist, at least between the two common species. Under favourable circumstances, O. fringillina may also play a part in this competition.

Affiliations: 1: Institute for Veterinary Parasitology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; 2: Institute for Ecological Reserach of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, Arnhem, The Netherlands


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