Betsy the BotFly
I returned from Ecuador unknowingly having smuggled a host back home. If I knew and checked the ‘yes’ box on my customs declaration I have no idea what the officers would have done. Likely not a pleasant or easily explainable event. Anyway, I have returned with my third bot fly embedded in me. It has been several years since I returned home with two from Bolivia – one on my right forearm and one in my abdomen. It should not be surprising considering the 37 million (give or take) mosquito bites I received on this trip. I will update this entry with some photos and more about the biology of these strange flies by next weekend. As it stands I’m estimating that I’ve carried it for about 30 days so far. Still not sure if I’ll try t remove it or let it exit on it’s own. I know – gross. But kind of cool in a strange biology, rainforest merit badge sort of way.