Cordylobia anthropophaga

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Larval stage of the tumbu fly, Cordylobia rodhaini

Cordylobia anthropophaga, the African tumbu fly, is a parasitic insect of flies in Africa[1].

This fly inserts larvae into cat wounds, and results in painful boil-like (furuncular) lesions in the skin[2].

Treatment requires surgical removal of the larvae and confinement of cat during feeding times of the flies, which are usually at dusk and dawn.


  1. Bowman, DD et al (2003) Feline clinical parasitology. Iowa University Press, Iowa, pp:424-427
  2. Idowu, L & Olote, O (1976) Furuncular myiasis caused by the larvae of Cordylobia arthropophaga in an Alsatian bitch and her owners in Apapa, Nigeria. Trans Roy Soc Trop Med Hyg 70:262