Maggot

What is a maggot?

A maggot is the larva stage of a fly, such as a housefly (Musca domestica) or blowfly (Diptera).

The correct term for a maggot is fly larva, or the larvae of flies (plural).

Maggot

Maggot

One day after a fly lays eggs, the eggs hatch into larvae. Larvae are long whitish-cream, and legless. They are wider at the tail end and narrower at the mouth end. Fly larvae prefer warm, moist, and dark places, and avoid light.

After 14-30 days, larvae undergo a metamorphosis and change into pupae. An adult fly emerges from the pupa after another 2-20 days.

Larva = single, one larva

Larvae = plural, several larvae

Pupa = single, one pupa

Pupae = plural, several pupae

 

Maggot

Maggot

Maggot

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Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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