Eye Gnats, Grass Flies, Eye Flies, Fruit Flies Liohippelates spp. (Insecta: Diptera: Chloropidae) (EENY485/IN884)

High concentrations of eye gnats are common in areas that have loose sandy soils, especially in the southern United States, and are a great nuisance to humans and animals in rural towns as well as agricultural, recreational, and tourist areas. While they do not bite, they can transmit several diseases to humans and livestock, including human acute conjunctivitis (pink eye). This 6-page fact sheet focuses broadly on two species that are common in the southeastern region of the United States are L. pusio and L. bishoppi (Sabrosky). Written by Erika Machtinger and Phillip E. Kaufman and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, April 2011.

EENY 440/IN775 Human Bot Fly, torsalo (Central America), moyocuuil (Mexico), berne (Brasil), mucha (Columbia, mirunta (peru), and ura (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay), Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus, Jr.) (Insecta: Diptera: Oestridae)

Figure 2. Lateral view of an adult human bot fly, Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus Jr.).
EENY-440, a 6-page ilustrated fact sheet by Stephanie Larrick and Roxanne Connelly, is part of the Featured Creatures Collection. It describes this large, densely haired fly native to Central and South America, which, in its larval stage, infests the skin of mammals causing painful pustules, a condition known as myiasis. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2008.