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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Secondary Screwworm Fly (Cochliomyia macellaria)

New to my buggy life list.

One of the Blow Flies (Calliphoridae Family)

May present a problem with livestock that have untreated wounds:  “…this species does not feed on actual living tissue as does the primary screwworm. Secondary screwworms invade to feed on dead tissues…”

” The secondary screwworm is considered to be very beneficial as a decomposer.”

“…this species has gained recognition in the field of forensic entomology as a principal species on which to base postmortem interval estimations…”

Learn:  http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/secondary_screwworm.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Six-spotted Bromeliad Fly (Copestylum sexmaculatum)

New to my buggy life list.

One of the Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae Family)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Volucellini

Also known as Hover flies, flower flies or drone flies they pollinate. Some syrphid larva prey on aphids while this larvae of this genus feeds on “decaying matter, mostly rotting cactus (many spp. reared from Opuntia) (Marcos-García & Pérez-Bañón 2001)”.

Learn:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/9909

Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush

Six-spotted Bromeliad Fly (Copestylum sexmaculatum)

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