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Overview of Cattle Grubs

By Mason V. Reichard, PhD, Oklahoma State University ; Franklin Riet-Correa, PhD, Veterinary Hospital, Federal University of Campina Grande

Hypodermosis of cattle in the northern hemisphere is caused by bot fly larvae (cattle grubs or ox warbles) of Hypoderma spp (order Diptera, family Oestridae). In Central and South America, larvae (tropical warbles) of Dermatobia hominis (order Diptera, family Cuterebridae) are important pests of cattle.