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Human Botfly (13) More files... by Piotr Naskrecki
While leading a photo workshop in Belize, Piotr Naskrecki inadvertently was infected with Human Bot Fly eggs after being bitten by mosquitoes in a moment of DEET-free exposure. Initially six larvae slowly grew beneath the skin of his arms, three survived and one was too painful so he removed the living creature. Ever the curious scientist Piotr decided to be a willing host and allowed the two remaining animals to molt and grow for close to two months. Once fully grown the larvae emerged from his flesh in a process that took around 40 minutes. Piotr then tended and raised the larvae until they pupated and hatched into colorful adult flies. Of course Piotr documented this experiment with still photography and video!
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva emerging from human skin, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544931 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva emerging from human skin, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) breathing hole from larva buried in human skin, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544926 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) breathing hole from larva buried in human skin, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) first instar larva, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544920 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) first instar larva, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544932 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544925 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) third instar larva, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544923 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) anterior spiracles of pupa, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544921 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) anterior spiracles of pupa, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544927 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544924 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) pupa, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544930 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) with puparium, Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544929 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis) with puparium, Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544928 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544922 Human Botfly (Dermatobia hominis), Belize© Piotr Naskrecki
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