Cuterebra lepivora (aka., Rodent Bot Fly)

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Cuterebra lepivora (aka., Rodent Bot Fly)

#1 Post by SunshineLW » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:08 am

I recently scored a Cuterebra lepivora adult female fly. This pretty little fly was once a botfly larvae that developed in the skin and subcutaneous tissues of a small mammal (ex., dog, cat, rabbit, squirrel, other rodent). All images are focus-stacked micrographs taken using an Amscope stereomicroscope.

Cuterebra lepivora adult female fly found in San Pedro, Los Angelas, stack of 15 exposures (© Lance Wheeler, 2019 | Photographer: Lance Wheeler | Owner of Specimen: Lance Wheeler):
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Cuterebra lepivora adult female fly found in San Pedro, Los Angelas, stack of 19 exposures (© Lance Wheeler, 2019 | Photographer: Lance Wheeler | Owner of Specimen: Lance Wheeler):
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Cuterebra sp. (aka., Rodent Bot Fly) larva, stack of 15 exposures (© Lance Wheeler, 2018 | Photographer: Lance Wheeler | Owner of Specimen: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology):
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There are many more images of these atrocious larvae on The Monster Hunter's Guide to Veterinary Parasitology: https://www.veterinaryparasitology.com/cuterebra.html

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