Botfly (Oestridae)  by main1

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Oestridae (commonly called bot flies or botflies) is a family of Oestroidea. It is one of several families of hairy flies whose larvae live as parasites within the bodies of mammals. There are approximately 150 known species worldwide.

Eggs are deposited in animal skin directly, the body heat of the animal induces hatching upon contact. Some forms of botfly also reside in the digestive tract when consumed by a licking action.

When ready to emerge, a thumbnail-sized lump will appear and the Fly will break through the skin and fly away leaving it’s host alive with a small wound.
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bot, bug, colorful, fly, insect, macro, rabbit, winged


  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallover 5 years ago

    Wow … great capture !!

  • Thank you Phil!! They are fairly large and interesting to look at too :)

    – main1

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 5 years ago

    Stunning detail

  • Hi Jay :)) Thank you so very much :)))

    – main1

  • ej29
    ej29over 5 years ago

    That is the grossest thing I have ever heard….It makes my skin crawl, but what a beautiful fly and you have captued him so well…excellent work!!!

  • LOL I know!! This is a Rabbit Botfly. Very cool to look at but I would not want to be his lunch lol :)) How is Ashby doing??

    – main1

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettover 5 years ago

    Wow, a simply stunning macro, fabtastic image.

  • Hi Sharon :) Thank you so much!! Fabtastic .. I like it!! :)))

    – main1

  • ej29
    ej29over 5 years ago

    Ashby is doing great but won’t be able to get on here at all while he is there. He has tried but has no way to connect. He will be sending up dates though me and a few others but he misses you all so much!!!

  • I am so glad he is well :) Tell him we miss him a lot!! :)

    – main1

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 5 years ago

    Wholly molley, what can I say except for stunning and what a great capture, go girl

  • Thank you so very much!! I can’t wait until spring is in full swing!!

    – main1

  • Assef
    Assefover 5 years ago

    (it also has a “smiley” face!)

  • Hi Assef :) Thank you for commenting!!

    – main1

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 5 years ago

    Super Kool Shot !!!

  • Hello Judy :-) Thank you so much :)

    – main1

  • John Hooton
    John Hootonover 5 years ago

    Amazing picture of an amazing species. What a weird structure – it even appears to be wearing ‘shades’!

  • LOL def a cool dude w/ his shades on!! I can’t wait to find some new and exciting things this spring!! Thank you for commenting John :-) Much appreciated!!

    – main1

  • Steve  Woodman
    Steve Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Hi Steve:) Thank you so much!!

    – main1

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