Living With Dermatobia hominis

Bot fly, shortly before removal
Image: Wakamatsu and P T P Pierre-Filho*

Dermatobia hominis is a human bot fly found in Brazil and other parts of South America. These bot flies capture other insects, often mosquitoes and glue their eggs to the abdomen of the mosquito. The bot fly larvae rest inside the eggs fully developed. The trigger to hatch is a sudden increase of warmth such as when the mosquito lands on a warm mammal. The bot fly larva crawls off the mosquito and onto its host. It…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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