Nasal bots are the larvae form of bot flies, Cephenemyia spp. Adult female flies deposit small larvae on the skin of the nose and mouth of white-tailed deer. Larvae develop and migrate into the nasal passages where they develop further. Eventually fully developed larvae will exit the deer (possibly through a sneeze) and pupate in the ground to complete their life cycle. Bot larval infections appear to be relatively common in white-tailed deer in Florida and even in large quantities do not cause harm to deer. Deer with bot infestations are no harm to humans.
FWC Facts:Smalltooth sawfish double their length from 2.5 feet at birth to 5 feet by the end of their first year in Florida’s estuarine nurseries.
Learn More at AskFWC
Get FWC News Feeds
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
Copyright 1999-2014 State of Florida • Technical Help •
EEO/AA/ADA • Privacy Statement • Advertising Statement & Disclaimer • Site Map • IMPP
Employee Resources (Password required)
SharePoint | Outlook E-Mail | Retiree Info
Disaster Information for FWC Employees