Mango worm is a parasite of large mammals during its larval stage.
The infective larvae life cycle consists of:
1. Adult female mango fly deposit 100-300 eggs in sandy soil.
2. The hatched larvae can remain viable in the soil for 9–15 days until they need to find a host for development.
3. The larvae penetrate the skin of the host and lie in the subcutaneous tissue. (dogs are the principal hosts)
4. Then they grow and fatten up.
5. After 8-12 days, a boil will have formed.
6. On reaching full growth, the larvae leave the host, falls to the ground where it buries itself in order to go into its final stage of growth before turning into a fly.
The mango fly can also infects humans by laying its eggs on wet clothes, left out to dry. The larvae then burrow into the skin when the clothes are worn. A prevention method is to iron all clothes, which will kill the eggs/larvae.