Sunday, July 5, 2009

Botfly

This is going to be my first experience working in the jungle. Naturally, I wanted to feel prepared for all those inevitable creature encounters that the tropical rain forest has to offer its guests. It was like opening a Pandora's Box--nightmarish organisms leaped from my internet browser and now make their homes in the most paranoid parts of my mind. I have dreams, terrible dreams, about these monstrosities of evolution.

But none of these creatures are so foul as the human botfly. Behold.



This creature, this disturbing triumph of evolution, fixated me for weeks. I read dozens of botfly extraction stories and have seen youtube upon youtube of their removal from both humans and dogs...

It's distressing stuff. I was so taken with them that I started a facebook fanclub. If you're on facebook, you should join. One day it may even host my own botfly extraction video. It also includes all the information you can stomach about the botfly, from their life cycle to home remedies like taping a steak to your body. It's worth looking into, I promise.

4 comments:

Jean said...

Dude! I could have happily gone my whole life without having seen that botfly removal! Warn a person next time...:=)

Anna Nym said...

That would take away all the fun. I aim to traumatize.

Tegan said...

My god that's disgusting.

Anonymous said...

man that was some nasty stuff!