We removed a total of 100 larvae from the wound and identified them, using published methods (4), as larvae of Cochliomyia hominivorax, the New World screwworm fly
(Figure, panel B); the larvae have well-differentiated mouthhooks and 12 segments separated by spinose bands with spines arranged in 4 rows and an opened posterior spiracle.
UF experts addressing outbreak of New World screwworm fly
in Florida Keys.
Department of Agriculture has a long history with genetically altered biocontrol agents, most notably the innovative screwworm fly
produced with sterile-insect techniques that was successfully developed by the USDA more than 70 years ago to eradicate a devastating animal pest.
Knipling as an alternative for vector control or even eradication of the screwworm fly
, Cochliomyia hominivorax, which used to plague the cattle farms in the USA, affecting the leather industry.
The New World screwworm fly
(Cochliomyia hominivorax), a member of the blowfly family, once ravaged wildlife and livestock from southern California east to Florida, as well as in much of Central America and the Caribbean.