Absurd Creature of the Week: Burrowing Botfly Grows Huge Feasting on Your Flesh | Wired Science


Nota bene: This week’s creature is a spine-covered parasitic larva that burrows into living human beings, feeding on their flesh and growing positively plump. Some descriptions here might be hard to stomach, and the squeamish should not under any circumstances watch the videos of the extraction process. Unless the circumstance is someone tricking you into it, which would be pretty funny.

When insect taxonomist Chris Carlton of Louisiana State University went on a collecting trip in Belize, he did what many travelers do: He picked up a souvenir. It was even free, which was pretty sweet. After spending a month in Central America, he returned home and unwrapped his gift to himself.

Unfortunately, the unwrapping happened on the top of his noggin. Carlton’s scalp had become home to a human botfly larva, a spiny parasitic maggot that digs into living human flesh, feeds on the inflamed tissue surrounding it, and grows to more than an inch long.

Written By: Matt Simon
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    • Indeed, wouldn’t a more intelligent design simply be devoid of these critters?

      In reply to #1 by kraut:

      Praise god,allah, vishnu, thor zeus etc for such a gift to human kind. Isn’t creation perfect?

  1. Years ago I read about someone who picked up such a parasite on his head.. For some reason they felt it too risky to remove it, so he gradually acclimatised himself to it. Eventually it left on its own.

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