Posted by: returnoftheheroes | August 27, 2008

Africa just keeps on giving

So we’re back after our voyage, I’m still meaning to put the better photos up but in the mean time i thought i would jsut pop a photo of a larvae of the Tumbu Fly or also known as the Mango Fly. I just thought it might be of interest as the little blighter was pulled out of my arm on sunday afternoon after having a nice time gorging itself on my soft tissue (i’d say muscle but lets be honest) in my upper arm.

7mm long little criter that was pulled out of my arm. Cordylobia anthropophagia

7mm long little criter that was pulled out of my arm. Cordylobia anthropophagia

 These little chaps apparently are laid by the mother  as eggs on clothes that are left out to dry  after being washed. The irony of this is not beign lost, don’t worry seeing as i didn’t wash anything for the 3 1/2 weeks we were on tour  but i digress. The larve then apparenty hatch or soemthing before pullign a reverse alein like move and burrowing into your arm/back etc in under 20 seconds before staying there for up to 2 weeks before popping out and flying away. 

So its off to the lab down in winchester for a better analysis, i’ve been told that they are solitary which is good news as i don’t fancy finding more of these chaps.

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