Phortica variegata

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Phortica variegata (fruit fly) are a parasitic drosophilid fly.

Primarily female flies feed off the ocular secretions of dogs and are responsible for transmission of Thelazia spp[1].

Climatic changes, including global warming, together with the increased movement of domestic animals across European countries, are facilitating the spread of several Phortica spp-borne parasites in previously naive countries, thus increasing the risk of infections in dogs[2].

References

  1. Roggero C et al (2010) Survey of Phortica drosophilid flies within and outside of a recently identified transmission area of the eye worm Thelazia callipaeda in Switzerland. Vet Parasitol 171(1-2):58-67
  2. Baneth G et al (2012) Vector-Borne Diseases - constant challenge for practicing veterinarians: recommendations from the CVBD World Forum. Parasit Vectors 5:55