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Insect - Cuterebra buccata

Insect - Cuterebra buccata
Plainboro/ Plainsboro Preserve, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
July 15, 2005
Size: ~ 1inch long
The insect was found by a child and it's possible the wing 'stubs' are damaged full wings. The wing stubs were very symmetrical, side-to-side, so it was assumed at the time that this was their natural shape and size and not the result of handling.

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Rabbit Bot Fly ...
or Cuterebra buccata seems to be the species. Article here

Frank Slansky is an entomologist at the U. of Florida who has studied botflies, and how their larvae invade the tissue of tree squirrels.
More information here:
You might also e-mail your image to him:

Florida Entomologist 2002 85:369-371

Bot fly once more
Just notice there's an image (#20765) on this site with a remark by Eric Eaton about the calypters, the 'wing stubs' to which you refer.
Insects of the Los Angeles Basin by Charles Hogue also includes a family description.

These are great pictures!
I hope someone knowledgeable can confirm ID as these would be a valuable addition to the guide.

I get a feeling of déja vue glancing at these images. Bot Fly, perhaps even genus Cuterebra, family Cuterebridae (ITIS: Oestridae, bot flies, or warble flies), and a cold shiver down my spine at the thought of how these insects make their living. It also reminds me that nature knows neither beauty nor ugliness, neither good nor bad; it just is, and offers infinite variety to ponder.
I think your photos of this insect are great! Someone else may want to describe their life and habitat. I just had a late night dinner! BioOne ( has a good brief article, and you'll find much more on the net.

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