Location: Puyallup, WA
August 24, 2010 12:21 am
After doing research on your site, I’m pretty sure this is a Female Bot Fly. What I don’t know is what type? Rodent, Rabbit, or Squirrel. I have to say after reading about them, I’m fairly grossed out. This one was buzzing around in my livingroom window. After letting her go, she hung around long enough for me to take pictures.
Your site is great! Thanks, bettyluvsduncan
You did a very fine job identifying this unusual fly as a Bot Fly in the family Oestridae. We believe it is Cuterebra tenebrosa based on its dark coloration and matching it to images posted to BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Hosts include Neotoma cinerea and N. lepida.“ The genus Neotoma contains Woodrats or Packrats (See link).