2006, 359 pages, b/w photos, charts, tables. This book is an in-depth review and analysis of the biology of adults and larvae of Oestrid flies, commonly known as botfly, warble fly and screw worm. These flies are a major pest of domestic and wild animals, especially cattle, worldwide. They cause myiasis (invasion of living tissue by larvae) of dermal and body cavity sites. Females lay eggs on the host or in its surroundings or deposit larvae on the face of the host.
The book presents a comparative investigation of life histories and adaptation to parasitism exhibited by this unique family of flies. It gives a detailed survey of each genus and provides a synopsis of the taxonomy of the family. It contains chapters on morphology, life history, host-parasite relationships, and behavior. Hardcover; 7 x 10″.