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Overview of Cattle Grubs

By

Mason V. Reichard

, PhD, Oklahoma State University

Last full review/revision Mar 2015 | Content last modified Mar 2015

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.

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