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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Gasterophilus intestinalis - Horse Stomach Bot Fly

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Oestridae (Bot Flies)
Subfamily Gasterophilinae (Stomach Bot Flies)
Genus Gasterophilus
Species intestinalis (Horse Stomach Bot Fly)
Explanation of Names
Gasterophilus intestinalis (DeGeer 1776)
Range
native to Europe, now cosmopolitan; adventive and widespread in NA
Food
Primary hosts are horses(1)
Remarks
can cause medical problems in humans, such as ocular myasis(1)
Internet References
Fact sheet (McLendon & Kaufman 2007)(1)