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:The Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption encourages experienced hunters to teach novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting skills and respect for Florida's outdoors.
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