Maggot head

Maggot head

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Maggot head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a surgical maggot (Lucilia sericata). It uses hooks (blue, upper centre) to attach itself to the flesh on which it feeds. Its mouth is seen below the hooks. These maggots are used for cleaning wounds, as they eat dead and dying flesh while leaving the healthy areas. They are far more efficient at wound cleaning than conventional methods. They are antiseptic, and prevent bacteria infecting the wound. The maggots are reared in sterile conditions for this purpose. Researchers are trying to isolate the antibacterial and digestive properties in their saliva. Magnification: x80 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, head, hook, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lucilia sericata, maggot, maggot head, maggot therapy, mouth, nature, surgical, surgical maggot, wildlife, zoology

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