January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Botfly, a harmful insect that in the larval stage lives as a parasite in animals and sometimes in humans. Its larvae are called bots. The horse botfly looks like a large bee. It secretes a glue-like substance that is used to attach its eggs to the body hairs, lips, nose, and throat of the horse. The eggs develop into larvae in about seven days. The horse licks the larvae off its body and swallows them. The larvae attach themselves to the lining of the horse's stomach. After 8 to 10 months they are passed out in the feces and pupate in the soil. Three to five weeks later, adult flies emerge, ready to repeat the cycle.


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