The botfly is terrible. It’s the worst thing ever. It’s a maggot that burrows into human flesh and lives there while stuffing its face until it’s old enough to leave. It maintains a small hole in the flesh to get oxygen and will use that same hole to escape. Want to see?
Yeah, it’s gross.
But it gets worse. The botfly can present a major health hazard to human beings because if that hole scabs over and the botfly larva can’t escape, then it burrows deeper and really starts eating. That can cause major infection and tissue loss and, depending on the location and on what the botfly is eating, it can lead to death. Want to see the worst-case scenario?
Oh my God that’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Excuse me while I cry into a pillow while contemplating nature’s horrific evil.
The botfly is native to the central and southern Americas but it’s not uncommon to find cases in the US and, occasionally, even in Europe. Argentina, Chile and Southern Mexico are common locations to find the insect and while it normally bothers cattle you’ll still find plenty of examples of it infecting humans.
One woman has recorded her own botfly removal and it is… whoo boy, is it something. We’re not sure we could keep our composure as well as this woman while pulling a living maggot out of our skin while it tries to actively burrow back in.