SEM of maggots of the green blow fly

SEM of maggots of the green blow fly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of maggots (2 hours old) of the greenbottle, or green blow fly, Lucilia caesar, feeding on a piece of raw beef. The greenbottle lays eggs in places of abundant food for the future maggots (rotting vegetation, dung piles, exposed food & corpses). The mouth end (front maggot, the others showing posteriors), tapers into a thin wedge with two mouth hooks to stabilise the maggot. Secreted enzymes breakdown & liquify the meat which, is then absorbed. After 2 moults (3-4 days), the maggots (larvae) pupate. Adult flies frequent unsavoury places & as a result pick up & transmit diseases to humans. Magnification: X9 at 35mm, X60 at 10x8 inch size.

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Keywords: animal, fly, green blow, greenbottle, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lucilia caesar, maggot, nature, wildlife, zoology

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