A man goes to his doctor because he feels something strange at the spot where his leg was amputated. He couldn’t tell what it was or whether it was just healing, but it didn’t feel like it. The doctor worked for a while to get the protective cap off and what she found was totally disgusting. His leg was filled with maggots. Hundreds of them. The truth is though that having maggots can actually be good for you. Maggots eat the dead skin and in doing so, prevents gangrene from setting in.
A maggot is the larvae of a fly.
In other words, a fly lays eggs which turn into larvae (maggots), which become flies, which lay more eggs, and so on….
(Full disclosure: I did not always know this. At the risk of sounding like a moron, I’ll admit that I thought they just sort of appeared. Not sure where that logic came from.) After doing some thorough research, I thought I’d compile the basics and share.
Where Do Maggots Come From?
The fly lays eggs, which turn into maggots. “Maggot” is another word for larva. After a pupal stage, maggots turn into flies. Sometimes, it may seem like the maggots appear from nowhere, but it’s just that you didn’t notice the fly or its eggs. The fly lays hundreds of eggs at a time! They will begin to hatch within a day.
A Fly’s Life Cycle
A female lives about a month, during which time she lays from 500 to 2,000 eggs in batches of about 75 to 150 at a time.
A day after the eggs are laid, the maggots will appear.
We usually see them in this first stage while they are still 3-9 mm long and whitish in color (however, they can grow to be 20 mm. Ew!).
Maggots feed for 3 to 5 days. There are larval and pupal stages, and it takes approximately 14 to 36 days for the eggs to morph into flies.