The Gad Fly and the Horse Fly. Ancient and Deadly Insects

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Mini monsters

Ancient and deadly insects. Insects that can cause human infections and infestations. Miniature monsters that can kill humans and their animal hosts.

First, let me warn you that this article is NOT for the squeamish, or faint of heart. It is about little seen ancient monsters that live all around us.

This particular little monster is known by many names.

The Bot Fly by definition: any number of several small insect families of the order "Diptera".

The adults are bee like in appearance, hairy but without bristles, and their larvae are animal parasites.

There are several types of this nasty little monster which i will list and only briefly introduce you to them with their most interesting descriptions.

  • 1. The horse bot fly is a serious horse pest.

The adults are often known as the Gad Fly , or the Horse Fly .

They deposit their nits (eggs) in the horses forelegs, nose, lips, and body.

Usually between 400 - 500 nits at a time.

These larvae stay in the eggs until the horse licks itself.

The moisture and friction from this licking stimulate the larvae to emerge, and are ingested by the horse.

They then attach themselves to the lining of the horses stomach, where they get all the nourishment and oxygen they need from the horses alimentary canal.

These larvae mature in 8 to 12 months and are eliminated by excretion of the horses feces.

  • 2. The North American and European Deer Nose Bot Fly:

It is said to be the fastest flying insect at 50+ miles per hour.

  • 3. The Sheep Bot Fly:

Its larvae deposited in the nostrils of sheep often cause a nervous condition called "blind stagger".

  • 4. The Rodent Bot Fly:
It infects rabbits, and the scrotum of squirrels (sometimes emasculating them).
  • 5. The Human Bot Fly:

It attacks livestock, deer and man.

The female attaches her eggs to mosquitoes, stable flies, and other insects that carry the eggs to the actual host.

Body warmth causes the eggs to hatch and the tiny larvae penetrate the skin.

  • 6. The Tropical American Bot Fly :

It is responsible for loss of beef and hides.

Unfortunately there is no way of eradicating these little monsters completely and their bites to humans are extremely painful and take months to heal, leaving a permanent scar when they bite you.

They are nasty and relentless little monsters when pursuing their human pray.

When they manage to infect the human host the larvae grows until mature then wiggle their way out and fall to the ground (see the video below - but be warned it is graphic and quite disturbing to watch).

Wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants (in lieu of shorts), a hat, and limiting your exposure to them while outside during their most active months ( June -July-August) is the only protection available to humans.

by d.william 9/25/2011

Not for the Squeamish.

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ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Did this man leave these larve in his back to show how big they grow? GROSS.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and commenting. You know, i asked myself that same question. If that were me, i would have had them surgically removed long before they got to that stage. It is extremely disturbing and gross to see them being removed.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Is there a Political Bot Fly? This looks like suitable punishment for the theives in Washington and their Lobbyists. It was a disgusting video with the larvae.

The wonders of nature, Thanks.

Peter


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for stopping by and your comments. If there were a 'political bot fly', i would personally deliver it to Washington, D.C. L.O.L.

I am also glad you found the video disgusting. I am surprised that hub pages has not made me take it off yet.

I went outside to water my plants and the mosquitoes came around looking at me with lust in their little sucker mouths so i threw the hose and ran back in the house. Then i remembered we were past the gad fly season. Whew!! that was a close call.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Ugh, this was really Gross, but so Informative D. Williams...Thanks for sharing...I think?


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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It is rather gross, isn't it? But i thank you for reading and commenting. Sometimes, in my old age, i feel like that bad kid with the bug, snake or lizard in his pocket that must take it out and show it to people just to gross them out. Yesterday was one of those days. Hence the gross out hub. (Talk about having a second childhood). LOL.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG This was horrible. I can't imagine anyone leaving them on his body to grow.. I will never look at a fly the same again. YUCK... Thank's for sharing....


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for reading and commenting. I am so happy that it grossed you out, and you still liked it. LOL


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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F.Y.I. If this one grossed you out, go back and revisit my hub and see what i added to that one today: Yes, another TWO scarey emails forwarded from hub pages today from the same whacko.

http://dwilliam/Emails+forwarded+from+hubpages/


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Ancient monster what a scary name. Does this insect kills? I think I this insects attack some town, it would be a great tragedy.


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AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Interesting data. I did not dare check out the video.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and commenting. There is a species of this gad fly that only lives in middle part of Africa that takes hundreds of lives per year. Although the larvae/egg infestations in humans is disgustingly gross, most are not fatal, unless the person has an allergic reaction to them.

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Thanks for reading and commenting. If you are prone to nightmares, it is just as well you did not view the video. LOL.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

D, a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand still pictures. What a loathesome parasite.It is easy to get chicken skin just watching. I will certainly exercise due caution in the future. Thanks for the education, Cred2


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and commenting. That video was a bit gross, but certainly gets the point across. I still cringe every time i think about it.

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