A report on Maggot

Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion
Maggots on a porcupine carcass
Maggots from a rabbit.

Larva of a fly ; it is applied in particular to the larvae of Brachycera flies, such as houseflies, cheese flies, and blowflies, rather than larvae of the Nematocera, such as mosquitoes and crane flies.

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Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion

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Calliphoridae

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The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

The Calliphoridae (commonly known as blow flies, blow-flies, carrion flies, bluebottles, greenbottles, or cluster flies) are a family of insects in the order Diptera, with almost 1,900 known species.

Close-up of the head of Calliphora vomitoria
A Calliphora livida fly specimen
Calliphora hilli
Calliphora augur
A close-up of the head of a Calliphora

The maggot larvae, often used as fishing bait, are known as gentles.

Fly

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Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- "two", and πτερόν pteron "wing".

Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- "two", and πτερόν pteron "wing".

An Anthomyiidae species showing characteristic dipteran features: large eyes, small antennae, sucking mouthparts, single pair of flying wings, hindwings reduced to clublike halteres
Fossil brachyceran in Baltic amber. Lower Eocene, c. 50 million years ago
Fossil nematoceran in Dominican amber. Sandfly, Lutzomyia adiketis (Psychodidae), Early Miocene, c. 20 million years ago
Gauromydas heros is the largest fly in the world.
Head of a horse-fly showing large compound eyes and stout piercing mouthparts
A head of a fly, showing the two compound eyes and three simple eyes clearly.
A cranefly, showing the hind wings reduced to drumstick-shaped halteres
Tabanid fly in flight
Mating anthomyiid flies
Life cycle of stable fly Stomoxys calcitrans, showing eggs, 3 larval instars, pupa, and adult
A calliphorid "bubbling"
The large bee-fly, Bombylius major, is a Batesian mimic of bees.
Petrus Christus's 1446 painting Portrait of a Carthusian has a musca depicta (painted fly) on a trompe-l'œil frame.
An Anopheles stephensi mosquito drinking human blood. The species carries malaria.
Diptera in research: Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly larvae being bred in tubes in a genetics laboratory
Casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains larvae of the cheese fly, Piophila casei.

Other species like Metopia argyrocephala are ovoviviparous, opportunistically depositing hatched or hatching maggots instead of eggs on carrion, dung, decaying material, or open wounds of mammals.

Cutaneous myiasis in the shoulder of a human

Myiasis

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Cutaneous myiasis in the shoulder of a human
Myiasis in a cat's flesh
Myiasis in a dog's flesh
Ultrasound showing maggot infestation

Myiasis is the parasitic infestation of the body of a live animal by fly larvae (maggots) which grow inside the host while feeding on its tissue.

Flesh fly on decomposing flesh

Forensic entomology

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Scientific study of the colonization of a dead body by arthropods.This includes the study of insect types commonly associated with cadavers, their respective life cycles, their ecological presences in a given environment, as well as the changes in insect assemblage with the progression of decomposition.

Scientific study of the colonization of a dead body by arthropods.This includes the study of insect types commonly associated with cadavers, their respective life cycles, their ecological presences in a given environment, as well as the changes in insect assemblage with the progression of decomposition.

Flesh fly on decomposing flesh
Timeline of postmortem changes (stages of death), including house fly eggs, larvae and pupae.

The accepted theory of Redi's day claimed that maggots developed spontaneously from rotting meat.

Housefly

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Fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha.

Fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha.

Head of a female housefly with two large compound eyes and three ocelli
Housefly mouthparts, showing the pseudotracheae, semitubular grooves (dark parallel bands) used for sucking up liquid food
A housefly wing under 250x magnification
Micrograph of the tarsus of the leg showing claws and bristles, including the central one between the two pulvilli known as the empodium
Houseflies mating
Housefly larva and adult, by Amedeo John Engel Terzi (1872–1956)
Housefly pupae killed by parasitoid wasp larvae: Each pupa has one hole through which a single adult wasp has emerged; the wasp larvae fed on the housefly larvae.
Housefly killed by the pathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae
Housefly lapping up food from a plate
Philadelphia Department of Health poster warning the public of housefly hazards (c. 1942)
Detail of a 1742 painting by Frans van der Mijn that uses a housefly in a Renaissance allegory of touch theme
William Blake's illustration of "The Fly" in Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794)

These soon hatch into legless white larvae, known as maggots.

Maggot debridement therapy on a wound from a diabetic foot

Maggot therapy

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Maggot debridement therapy on a wound from a diabetic foot
Maggots in medical packaging
Lucilia sericata, Green Bottle Fly
Protophormia terraenovae, Northern blowfly

Maggot therapy (also known as larval therapy) is a type of biotherapy involving the introduction of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into non-healing skin and soft-tissue wounds of a human or other animal for the purpose of cleaning out the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound, (debridement) and disinfection.

A wedge-tailed eagle and carrion (roadkill kangaroo) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Carrion

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Decaying flesh of dead animals, including human flesh.

Decaying flesh of dead animals, including human flesh.

A wedge-tailed eagle and carrion (roadkill kangaroo) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
Flies settling on a sheep carrion
A coyote feeding on elk carrion in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley during winter.

Many invertebrates, such as the carrion and burying beetles, as well as maggots of calliphorid flies (such as one of the most important species in Calliphora vomitoria) and flesh-flies, also eat carrion, playing an important role in recycling nitrogen and carbon in animal remains.

Phormia regina

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First described by Johann Wilhelm Meigen.

First described by Johann Wilhelm Meigen.

Sanitary entomology; the entomology of disease, hygiene and sanitation (1921)
Another phormia
Decomposing possum
Decomposition00
Severe myasis hen
Maggot debridement therapy on a diabetic foot

Black blow fly larvae like many other blow flies exhibit the maggot mass effect: a raise in temperature due to the aggregation of maggots.

Histeridae

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Family of beetles commonly known as clown beetles or Hister beetles.

Family of beetles commonly known as clown beetles or Hister beetles.

Hister unicolor

Certain species of the Hister beetles follow shortly behind and prey on the maggots and other arthropods present.

Corpses of Parisian Communards

Cadaver

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Dead human body that is used by medical students, physicians and other scientists to study anatomy, identify disease sites, determine causes of death, and provide tissue to repair a defect in a living human being.

Dead human body that is used by medical students, physicians and other scientists to study anatomy, identify disease sites, determine causes of death, and provide tissue to repair a defect in a living human being.

Corpses of Parisian Communards
Timeline of postmortem changes (stages of death).
Cadaver in Refrigerator in the Forensic Medicine at the Charité Berlin
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt shows an anatomy lesson taking place in Amsterdam in 1632.
Embalmer at work
Railings used to protect graves from body snatchers
Burke Murdering Margery Campbell

1) The first stage is autolysis, more commonly known as self-digestion, during which the body's cells are destroyed through the action of their own digestive enzymes. However, these enzymes are released into the cells because of active processes ceasing in the cells, not as an active process. In other words, though autolysis resembles the active process of digestion of nutrients by live cells, the dead cells are not actively digesting themselves as is often claimed in popular literature and as the synonym of autolysis – self-digestion – seems to imply. As a result of autolysis, liquid is created that seeps between the layers of skin and results in peeling of the skin. During this stage, flies (when present) begin to lay eggs in the openings of the body: eyes, nostrils, mouth, ears, open wounds, and other orifices. Hatched larvae (maggots) of blowflies subsequently get under the skin and begin to consume the body.