...Because I did not quite make a post on Halloween, yes. I was hoping that I would have some relevant memories of discovering something fascinating on Halloween night and subsequently being utterly horrified to death by its grotesque beauty or something, but alas, all I have ever done on Halloween was take candy from random neighbors, and occasionally give it to some other people doing the same thing (though I actually did nothing relevant yesterday except climb Bench-tree and imagine speaking as the 'redwood spirit' to the frightened mortals below).
Hallowever, I think I ought to describe something interesting and Halloween-worthy, so I am going to talk about botflies! They are such exquisitely delightful parasites, you see: Their maggots reside in the flesh of larger living animals! Alas, I have not yet encountered one myself.
There is, specifically, a human botfly, Dermatobia hominis, which lives in South America. A mosquito is often what transmits their eggs, giving the maggots a nice, warm host. They burrow a bit into
Though painful, it seems that a botfly living under your skin is not terribly harmful. It would be rather unpleasant for a maggot to find its home diseased or decaying, you see. Normally you just wait for a few weeks/months until it is finished maturing and drops out to pupate somewhere else (unless it is extracted prematurely). You get to be a surrogate mommy! Hurray for the miracle of birth!
I did a Calculus project on the human botfly in my senior year of high school (just last year). We were supposed to calculate the volume of some object of our choice using integrals, and with our method the object needed to be completely rotationally symmetrical, like a bowl or a donut. The best-fitting insect I could think of was some kind of maggot, so I went with the botfly.
So, yes. Are you not inflicted with spine-tingling terror and morbid fascination?