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Bots (Gasterophilus)
Bots infect horses in many parts of the country. They have a very interesting life cycle with the adults resembling a honeybee. The larva in the stomach look similar to many free-living grubs.

These larva attach to the lining of the stomach and cause a very small ulcer. When there is a heavy infection these ulcers may join to form a large ulcer. There are indications that if the ulcer is large enough it may cause colic.

Specimen Photos/Illustrations

Ulcer on tongue due to bot larva.
Larva attached to wall of stomach.
Ulcer on gums near teeth caused by bot larva beginning migration to stomach.
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