screwworm fly


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screwworm fly

n.
Either of two large parasitic flies, Cochliomyia hominivorax of the Americas or Chrysomya bezziana of Africa and Asia, that lay eggs in open wounds and body openings of mammals, and whose larvae cause serious injury or death to livestock by feeding on healthy tissue.

screwworm fly

A fly belonging to the families Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae.
See also: fly
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hominivorax screwworm fly is the main species involved in wound myiasis in the New World (1).
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