Cheese (or Ham) Skipper, Piophila casei (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Diptera: Piophilidae)
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Lewis, Caitlin A., and Phillip E. Kaufman. 2010. “Cheese (or Ham) Skipper, Piophila Casei (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Diptera: Piophilidae): EENY468/IN843, 1/2010”. EDIS 2010 (2). Gainesville, FL.


EENY468, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Caitlin Lewis and Phillip E. Kaufman, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes these detritivorous flies who are commonly the cause of enteric myiasis in humans and are also useful in determining the “time since death” in forensic investigations — synonymy, distribution and habitat, description, life cycle, medical importance, economic importance, and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, January 2010.

EENY468/IN843: Cheese (or Ham) Skipper, Piophila casei (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Diptera: Piophilidae) (
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