Botfly Maggots In Human Heads

Today I’m obsessed with weird bugs. This is one of the most disturbing videos I’ve seen in a while — don’t watch it if you don’t want to see a botfly maggot being pulled out of a woman’s head:

Let’s all say a prayer of thankfulness to the Flying Spaghetti Monster for creating such a Wonderful Creature to hatch from our heads for His Glory.

Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne (author of Why Evolution is True) also had a botfly in his head, and let it hatch all the way and tried to “enjoy the experience as much as possible.”

The maggot started hatching in the middle of a baseball game at Fenway Park, but came out at home later that day. He said the hatching was painless, unlike the previous stage where the maggot was eating his flesh. Coyne tried to keep it alive, but failed. It made him sad.


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  • Sock

    “Coyne tried to keep it alive, but failed. It made him sad.”


  • markbey

    I hate bot flies. If I had access to Yahweh magic wand I would get rid of bot flies, tongue replacing louse oh and mosquitoes also.

  • mikespeir

    Coyne is strange. There, I’ve said it.

  • Bender

    “Evolutionary biologist”? That’s redundant.

    • Ty

      Not really. Even though all biology is based, ultimately, on evolution, not all biologists focus on evolution as their primary area of study.

      It’s no more redundant than astrophysicist.

      • Fentwin

        nor as redundant than the phrase “criminal lawyer”……calm down, I’m only kidding, put the heavy law books down and slowly back away. :)

        • Ty

          Sheesh, does this mean that the pedantry I’ve been getting hit with lately has infected me?

          • Jabster

            How can you be hit with pedantry …

            • Fentwin

              Glue an introductory biology text to a big stick?

  • faithnomore

    I don’t know why, but I found that positively hysterical. I’m still laughing.

    It’s so gross, it’s making me laugh. She’s so nonchalant about it. I’d fucking freaking out and screaming “Get it out! Get it out! NOW!!!!”

  • wazza
    • DDM

      Yeah, that’s derived from a article. is a dubious source for hard facts, at best.

      • wazza

        As the author of that blog post replied:

        Rossi MA, Zucoloto S. Fatal cerebral myiasis caused by the tropical warble fly, Dermatobia hominis. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 1973 Mar;22(2):267-9.

  • deathgrindfreak

    DAMN, I wonder if Coyne realized that a botfly larvae can eat your brain!

    • Ty

      Can they get through your skull, though?

      • wazza

        through the sutures, when they’re small enough, I guess…

        • LRA

          No. Your sutures are fissured by then.

          • fftysmthg


            • LRA

              Yes, thank you. That is what I meant.

    • khal82

      then he would end up a xtian!

  • Booger

    Eh, well…the couple that…errp…de-parasitizes together stays…oh my f-ing FSM…these two are bonded together for evarrrr. What else could they possible share that would be more intense and intimate?
    Thanks. Now I have to go ralph for a while.

  • Camels With Hammers

    Gloriously disgusting!

  • Kilre

    They’re maggot-ly delicious.

    • markbey

      Unlucky charms Id say. Nothing very lucky about having a parasite getting its eat on inside of a person wig piece.

  • debg

    I’ve seen botflies in horses legs, but never in a human before. Yucko.

  • Mau de Katt

    This is my “favorite” botfly removal video (if I may use “favorite” as an adjective here…. eeeeeesh…..)

    I was irrevocably traumatized by my discovery of human botfly larvae. And yet, I am perversely fascinated by them at the same time. Even though they make me want to scream.

    Just for variety, here are some mango fly larvae being removed from a dog’s paw. These are #12 and #13, as eleven larvae were removed a few days (a week?) before.

    I tell you, human botfly larvae almost make me believe in the existence of Teh Debbil. They creeped me out ~that~ much.

  • Sarah

    OMG. I’m in school to be an RN, I see vomit, I see blood, guts, gore, pus, you name it, but that was enough to nearly make my lunch come up! I’m watching a show on Discovery called “I Was Bitten” and had a story that prompted my search: A guy with two botflies in his leg after a visit to Costa Rica. Oh that was terribly disturbing. I can’t imagine feeling that crawl around under my skin! *shudders*
    And, to the guy who’s laughing… HOW?