Lutzomyia spp

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Adult Lutzomyia

Lutzomyia spp (f. Psychodidae) are a parasitic sand fly which causes 'worry' and myiasis in cattle worldwide.

Lutzomyia spp live in sandy aquatic environments and feed on cattle, causing intense pruritus as well as vesicular stomatitis.

This sand fly can also transmit leishmaniasis in cattle, other animals and humans[1].

Species of Lutzomyia which have been recognized as disease causing in cattle include:

  • L. whitmani[2]
  • L. ovallesi[3]
  • L. longipalpis[4]

Topical insecticides such as pyrethrins (eg, cypermethrin or cyfluthrin) help control these parasites[5] are effective, but physical removal of larvae is also essential to eliminate secondary infections.


  1. Picado A et al (2010) Effect of village-wide use of long-lasting insecticidal nets on visceral Leishmaniasis vectors in India and Nepal: a cluster randomized trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4(1):e587
  2. Fonteles RS et al' (2009) Blood feeding preference of Lutzomyia whitmani (Diptera, Psychodidae) in a transmission area for American cutaneous leishmaniasis in the State of Maranhão, Brazil. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop 42(6):647-650
  3. Noguera P et al (2006) Effect of blood source on the survival and fecundity of the sandfly Lutzomyia ovallesi Ortiz (Diptera: Psychodidae), vector of Leishmania. Biomedica 26(1):57-63
  4. Agrela I et al (2002) Feeding behavior of Lutzomyia pseudolongipalpis (Diptera: Psychodidae), a putative vector of visceral leishmaniasis in Venezuela. J Med Entomol 39(3):440-445
  5. Romaniuk K (1999) The influence of diptera on the domestic animals. Wiad Parazytol 45(3):323-326