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Species Cuterebra ruficrus

Cuterebra ruficrus male - Cuterebra ruficrus - male female bot fly - Cuterebra ruficrus - female female bot fly - Cuterebra ruficrus - female female bot fly - Cuterebra ruficrus - female Cuterebra sp. - Cuterebra ruficrus - female Cuterebra sp. - Cuterebra ruficrus - female
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 Cuterebrinae (New World Skin Bot Flies)
Genus Cuterebra (Rodent and Lagomorph Bot Flies)
Species ruficrus (Cuterebra ruficrus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cuterebra ruficrus (Austen)
orig. comb: Bogeria ruficrus Austen 1933
sw US (AZ-NM) (BG data)
Larval host is the Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus); can also develop in cottontails (Sylvilagus spp.) but it is unclear how often this happens in the wild.
Life Cycle
Average larval development time is 68 days in jackrabbits, slightly longer in cottontails.
Print References
Baird, C.R. 1972. Development of Cuterebra ruficrus (Diptera: Cuterebridae) in six species of rabbits and rodents with a morphological comparison of C. ruficrus and C. jellisoni third instars. Journal of Medical Entomology 9(1): 81-85.
Pfaffenberger GS, Valencia VB. 1988. Ectoparasites of sympatric cottontails (Sylvilagus audubonii Nelson) and jack rabbits (Lepus californicus Mearns) from the high plains of eastern New Mexico. Journal of Parasitology 74(5): 842-6.