An entomologist has taken his research to the extreme – by allowing a maggot to grow inside his skin and wriggle out.
Piotr Naskrecki of Boston, US, was bitten by mosquitoes during a visit to Belize last year.
But upon his return he found that his bites weren’t healing.
The Harvard University entomologist discovered bot fly larvae under his arm.
He got rid one tiny maggot with a suction device – but left a couple in for his own research.
Two months later, the creature sprouted from his skin and wriggled free.
Mr Naskrecki explained that it wasn’t a painful experience because the fly produce pain-killers in a bid to make their presence as unnoticeable to the host as possible.
The process took around 40 minutes.
Then he documented the rest of its life. Enjoy (if you can stomach it)…