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Botflies

Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) with tree squirrel botflies (Cuterebra emasculator)
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Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) with tree squirrel bot flies (Cuterebra emasculator)

Botflies, also known as warble flies, heel flies, and gadflies, are a family of flies technically known as the Oestridae. Their larvae are internal parasites of mammals, some species growing in the host's flesh and others within the gut. Dermatobia hominis is the only species of botfly known to parasitize humans routinely, though other species of flies cause myiasis in humans.

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