Why do maggots appear?

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Maggots refer to the larva of flies.  Once this larva hatch from the eggs, they transform into maggots.  Many of these maggots appear in contaminated meat or dead animals for example and this make people wonder how these creatures appear from nowhere. Some people assume that they come from bacteria or viruses while others think of them as coming from dust or dirt.  The basic explanation on why they appear is that female flies tend to lay their eggs on warm and moist environments.  Meat exposed in the air or decaying and dead animals present an ideal environment for these female flies and this explains why maggots seem to suddenly appear from nowhere.

The basic life cycle of maggots starts when the female flies choose the perfect environment to lay their eggs.  When they find a location where it is wet and warm for example, female flies will then be attracted to this location. This location may be in the form of rotting meat or decaying animals.  At the start, no person would suspect of any maggots from rotten meat for example.  But when this person sees some maggots from inside the meat, he/she may think that it came directly from the meat.  What this person doesn’t know is that some female flies may have laid their eggs on the rotten meat a day or two before.  Once the eggs are laid, it only takes about one day for the larva or maggots to develop.  These maggots will then reside in the rotten meat for a few more days before they eventually develop into flies themselves.  The short span of time it takes for the eggs to hatch and become maggots makes it a common scenario where people see maggots from rotten meat or dead animals.

The biggest problem with maggots is that most of the time there’s just too many of them making it a creepy situation.  Some people feel nauseated just to see some maggots from rotten meat.  Flies are able to multiply rapidly especially during the hot summer months where the environment is perfect for their survival and existence.


Author: erwin

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