Warble fly

genus of insects

A warble fly is a large fly of the genus Hypoderma. It is an ectoparasite on horses, sheep, goats and humans. They lay their eggs on the front legs of large animals. They bore their way in, causing damage and distress. They have been eliminated from European countries, but reinfestations occur regularly.

Warble flies
The ox warble fly (Hypoderma bovis). Pen and ink drawing by Wellcome V0022585.jpg
Ox warble fly (Hypoderma bovis)
Ox Warble-fly.png
Life cycle
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Oestridae
Subfamily: Hypodermatinae
Genus: Hypoderma
Latreille, 1818