The fearsome screwworm is back. Federal officials have identified a small outbreak of the insect, also known as the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax), in a population of deer and possibly some pets in Big Pine Key, Florida.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that the pest has infected at least three and likely many more key deer, an endangered species that only lives on Big Pine Key and nearby islands.
Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland were ridiculed at the time, but are being posthumously awarded for their innovations in insect control.
Post by Lindsay Mannering If you've ever found yourself neck deep in a bag of chips, you'll be able to sympathize with this poor guy. An endangered species of Key deer was discovered early Sunday morning in Big Pine Key, Florida, wi...
Populations of New World screwworm flies -- devastating parasitic livestock pests in Western Hemisphere tropical regions -- could be greatly suppressed with the introduction of male flies that produce only males when they mate.