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Bufolucilia spp.

This is one of the few parasites that our lab studies that actually kill its amphibian host.  Our recent studies indicate that this genus of calliphorid fly maggot consumes different species of anurans at different rates!

Myiasis of American Toads and Wood frogs by calliphorid flies of the genus Bufolucilia.  Toads die within five day to two weeks of fly eggs hatching and maggots continue feeding on the toad carcass, whereas wood frogs die within one to two days of infection and maggots consume the entire carcass of the frog within 42-59 hr of eggs hatching!


"Maybe you understand frogs, and maybe you don't understand 'em; and maybe you've had experience, and maybe you an't only a amature." Mark Twain