oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Ectoparasites of bats from the Sterkfontein caves, Transvaal

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The writer and Dr. N. Bolwig, of the Witwatersrand University, visited the Sterkfontein Caves near Krugersdorp on three occasions to explore the recent fauna of these caves. Bats only enter the caves with the onset of the first cold days. Many dead bats were found beneath their hibernation place swarming with dipterous larvae. Other fauna found were three kinds of maggots, most common was a big calyptrate larva which yielded Calliphora croceipalpis, a fly which usually develops in carcasses in the open field. Various other species were also found.

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