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Lucilia parasitoid on Talpa europaea?
FliegenFranz
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Posted on 02-06-2021 17:58
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Hi everyone,

today I observed several Lucilia flies on a living and apparently healthy Talpa europaea in a forest in Germany. They were laying eggs in the fur. I thought their larva usually feed on carrion. I know of one parasitoid, Lucilia bufonivora, that lives off and eventually kills Bufo bufo. So I wonder if there's something similar on moles although I didn't find any information on the internet.

The only weird behaviour of the mole was that it was hardly shy. But idk if that's normal for moles or if it hints towards a sickness.

In this random video (not by me) there are also flies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHO26UCBhOc

Thanks for your help
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