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Not a fly on the wall... Rodent and rabbit bot flies develop as parasites of mammals. Adult flies lay their eggs near the entrance of rabbit or rodent burrows or runways and other sites frequented by their animal hosts. The eggs hatch in response to the warmth of a potential host and the maggots enter natural openings, such as the nose or mouth. Initial development usually occurs at these areas but later migrate. Ultimately they settle under the skin in sites typical of the<br />
species (neck, abdomen) and as they grow they appear as large swellings known as warbles.<br />
Larval development within the host animal typically takes 3-5 weeks in small rodents and about two months in jackrabbits. When full-grown they exit the animal and burrow into the soil where they pupate within 24 hours. (Pupae are black with spines.) If temperatures allow, pupation may only take about a month, allowing a second generation to be produced. Often, pupation requires a considerably longer period and is the life stage in which bot flies survive winter.<br />
Adults emerge in morning. Males usually perch on vegetation where they can get a good range of vision and pursue passing females for mating. Mating occurs in flight and adults live only about two weeks. Cuterebra austeni,Geotagged,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Not a fly on the wall...

Rodent and rabbit bot flies develop as parasites of mammals. Adult flies lay their eggs near the entrance of rabbit or rodent burrows or runways and other sites frequented by their animal hosts. The eggs hatch in response to the warmth of a potential host and the maggots enter natural openings, such as the nose or mouth. Initial development usually occurs at these areas but later migrate. Ultimately they settle under the skin in sites typical of the
species (neck, abdomen) and as they grow they appear as large swellings known as warbles.
Larval development within the host animal typically takes 3-5 weeks in small rodents and about two months in jackrabbits. When full-grown they exit the animal and burrow into the soil where they pupate within 24 hours. (Pupae are black with spines.) If temperatures allow, pupation may only take about a month, allowing a second generation to be produced. Often, pupation requires a considerably longer period and is the life stage in which bot flies survive winter.
Adults emerge in morning. Males usually perch on vegetation where they can get a good range of vision and pursue passing females for mating. Mating occurs in flight and adults live only about two weeks.

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  1. A beautiful, educational post, Stephen. And the first in this family. Check out how it fits in the True flies taxon, which I recently all gave a common name:

    https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/animalia/arthropoda/insecta/diptera

    "Bot flies" is the new one you did :)
    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. That's fun! Posted 2 months ago

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''Cuterebra austeni'' is a species of new world skin bot flies in the family Oestridae.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Stephen Philips
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By Stephen Philips

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Uploaded May 16, 2018. Captured May 16, 2018 08:26 in E Britton Way, Tucson, AZ 85739, USA.
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • f/7.1
  • 1/100s
  • ISO100
  • 180mm