Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Blood meals from 579 (Diptera:Psychodidae), collected in an endemic focus of American visceral leishmaniasis in Colombia, were identified by precipitin test. Sand fly collections were made during a 16-month period from the inside walls of two houses, a pigpen, and rock crevices in a small community (El Callejon) within the endemic area. Feeding patterns of the sand flies varied with locality and date of collection. Overall, bovine feedings predominated, but feedings were also recorded on pigs, equines, humans, dogs, opossums, birds, and reptiles. Calculation of the forage ratios for each host species indicated that cows and pigs were the preferred hosts of in El Callejon. Results of this study suggest that is an opportunistic feeder and is not highly anthropophilic nor strongly attracted to dogs.


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