Large fly(?) in Texas
Location: Dallas, TX
October 23, 2011 10:56 pm
Please help me identify this LARGE fly(?) that my son found in our back yard.
– We live in North Dallas, TX
– It was found today, October 23
– It was found on a piece of playground equipment less than a foot from the ground
– It does not seem able to fly, but buzzes loudly when it attempts to
Thank you for all of your efforts. your site is my first stop when attempting to ID something new that we’ve found.
This is a Bot Fly in the genus Cuterebra, and we are nearly certain it is the Rabbit Bot Fly, Cuterebra lepusculi, a species we just posted last week. We are going to copy Jeff Boettner on our response so he can verify the identification since he has been providing correct species identifications for our Bot Fly submissions. If you still have this specimen, Jeff may request it for study purposes. Bot Flies in the genus Cuterebra are endoparasites of rodents and they have very interesting life cycles. Your photographs are excellent.
Thank you for the quick response, and thank you for the compliment on the photos. I’ve attached a much better photo here, now that I’ve had time to properly set up and shoot this one.
I just read your comments on WTB. I appreciate all of the great info. I will indeed post this on BugGuide.net. I’m excited about your interest in this find. This is a first for me, and I do a fair amount of amateur insect hunting and photography.
I do still have the live specimen, and would be happy to share it. No eggs yet, but I will send those as well if they come. How should I go about getting it to you in the best possible condition?
Feel free to look through the photos of my other finds on my website. The “nature” section can be found here:
Hi again Brandon,
Thanks for taking the time to take this stunning new photograph that is artful as well as accurately depicting the morphology of the Rabbit Bot Fly.