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The screwworm fly in Libya: a threat to the livestock industry of the Old World
  1. MM Gabaj,
  2. NP Wyatt,
  3. AC Pont,
  4. WN Beesley,
  5. MA Awan,
  6. AM Gusbi and
  7. KM Benhaj
  1. Department of Entomology, British Museum (Natural History), London.


The screwworm fly, Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel), is the most serious insect pest of cattle in the New World. It has recently been recorded in Libya, where it appears to have become established. This article documents these recent finds, and provides background information on the recognition of the fly, its biology, distribution and importance.

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