Maggot, SEM

Maggot, SEM

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Caption: Maggot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the upper body of a maggot of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.). This is the larval stage in the metamorphosis of the bluebottle from egg to adult fly. The adult lays its eggs on the carcasses of dead animals and the hatched larvae feed on the decaying flesh. Secreted enzymes break down their food into an edible, liquified form. For these reasons, larvae have been used in a medical capacity, to digest the dead tissue from open wounds. Magnification: x95 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bluebottle fly, coloured, eye, eyes, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, larval stage, maggot, nature, protophormia sp., scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, wound healing, zoology

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