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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Higher Diptera Pests of Livestock and Poultry: Screwworm Flies

Location: Screwworm Research

Title: Warble? What’s a Warble? A recap of the human bot fly, Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr. 1781)

item Kneeland, Kathleen -
item Skoda, Steven
item Foster, John -

Submitted to: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 11, 2012
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The human bot fly, Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus Jr., 1781) is a major pest of livestock in Mexico, Central and South America. Myiasis caused by the larvae result in economic losses due to hide damage and reductions in weight gain and milk production. They have a broad host range which includes wildlife, domestic animals and humans. With the increase in global travel, D. hominis myiasis is occurring more frequently in visitors to Latin America, and is often misdiagnosed by physicians. More research is needed on the biology of this pest, including laboratory rearing techniques, so more efficient control methods may be developed.

Last Modified: 10/31/2014
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