Bot Fly Discoveries

My sister told me this weekend that her thesis professor had recently returned from a trip overseas. I can’t recall where he visited. I do remember what she told us about his bot fly “bite” that resulted.

Ok, I’d never heard of a bot fly. I could have gone my whole life without ever hearing about one. They are, probably, the nastiest things I’ve ever seen. Of course, being MY family, we all had to look them up on the web and see what they were. Big mistake… HUGE.

So we jump online and look them up on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_bot_fly. Then we saw some online video clips of the removal of the little suckers. (You can search for ‘bot fly’ and get many more, I’m sure.)

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!

http://www.break.com/index/removing-bot-flies-from-dudes-back.html

So, now you have (perhaps) learned something new … and are currently so thankful that you don’t actually have first-hand experience with these, aren’tcha?

And suddenly, YOUR family get-togethers seem much more “normal” don’t they? :O)

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