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This botfly larva was removed from my shoulder in June 2012 after spending a month in Suriname. The adult botfly has no mouthparts, so all the nutrients the fly needs must be obtained during the larval stage. The eggs are picked up by a mosquito and when a mosquito bites a human host, the eggs are injected under the skin and hatch. This larva is about 2-3 weeks old when it was removed from my skin. The head of the larva has spikes on it that help the larva stay in place under the skin.
The adult botfly lives in tropical regions of Central and South America. The larvae live under the skin of warm-blooded animals.
Spotted on Jun 25, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012
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