sheep blowfly


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sheep blowfly

A common blowfly found worldwide, and a cause of myiasis in humans. The maggots (larvae) of the fly feed esp. on sheep. Sterile maggots of this species are necrophagous and have been used to debride wound infections.
See also: blowfly
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Oakeshott, Russell and their colleagues at CSIRO Entomology discovered that the sheep blowfly had evolved resistance to the insecticide used against it via a mutation that enabled the fly maggots to degrade the insecticide to non-toxic products.
For insect pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, the Australian sheep blowfly, or the malaria mosquito, Hermes may be the bearer of bad tidings, and an agent for sowing sterility in their midst.