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Birth of A Botfly Maggot: A Curious Adventure with "Doctor Bugs"

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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2010

For more tropical adventures, see Mark's "Adventures Among Ants," winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award:

http://www.adventuresamongants.com

In this video, Mark W. Moffett (a.k.a. "Doctor Bugs") tells the horrifying yet humorous story of a parasitic larva called a botfly entering his hand during an expedition to Belize. The maggot took ten weeks to grow to "maturity," surviving Mark's subsequent trips to Honduras, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. It finally emerged on 2 December 2010, at the end of a meeting with the environmentalist E.O. Wilson at Harvard.

Video of maggot emergence by Paul Thomson.

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