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Some things you probably didn’t want to see up close

A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a maggot or the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.) with tiny teeth-like fangs extending from its mouth. The maggots of this fly are used medicinally to clean wounds. The maggots are sterilised and placed in the wound, where they feed on dead tissue and leave healthy tissue untouched. Their saliva contains anti- bacterial chemicals which maintain sterility in the area.

via SEMĀ  pictures of insects and spiders – Telegraph.

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August 24, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Some things you probably didn’t want to see up close

Thank you for flying US Airways. There is a $10 fee for extra maggots.

In what must be one of the strangest airline cancellations ever, a US Airways flight from Atlanta to Charlotte was not allowed to take off after maggots began dropping onto a passenger from an overhead bin. Airline officials traced the maggots to rotten meat in a bag in the bin.

via Maggots ground plane | Quirky News | Orange UK.

July 2, 2010 Posted by | Airplanes, Strange | , | Comments Off on Thank you for flying US Airways. There is a $10 fee for extra maggots.