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Tree Squirrel Bot Fly

Cuterebra emasculator

Description:

A squirrel parasited by a Bot fly larvae

Notes:

Larvae of bot flies also occasionally infest atypical hosts such as raccoons, cats, dogs and humans http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc...

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6 Comments

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 5 years ago

guess you are right! thank you for telling me

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

This spotting should go in the Arthropods section since it is of the Bot Fly larva. Interesting spotting!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 5 years ago

According to what i found on the web the squirrel will be ok ("Mature larvae drop from the host and complete the pupal stage in soil. They do not kill the host animal, thus are true parasites.")

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Eeeeewwwww! yucky but great spotting. Will the squirrel be OK after the larva hatches?

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 5 years ago

Thank you bayucca it is very interesting for me to spot things like these

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Cool!

Ismael Chaves
Spotted by
Ismael Chaves

Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 6, 2014

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