Screw worm

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(Zool.) the larva of an American fly (Compsomyia macellaria), allied to the blowflies, which sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.

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It has been successfully used worldwide for over 50 years for various agricultural insect pests, such as fruit flies, tsetse flies, screw worms and moths.
As Fortey introduces us to our painstakingly catalogued ancestors--many of which have yet to be named--he introduces us to an equally eccentric cast of scientists: an expert on belemnites (the fossils of squid-like creatures), a botany curator who courted prostitutes, an expert on parasitic screw worms who prevented their spread across Africa, a fish expert who discovered a lost Mozart manuscript.
Amidst the realities of life in the rural south--a life filled with screw worms, raw fertilizer, alcohol, and very palpable violence--the faded plantation culture for which John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Donald Davidson, and Andrew Lytle each pined in his own tortured way becomes, for these working class writers, the kind of abstraction the Agrarians supposedly loa thed.
On his return he found large screw worms crawling out of his skin.
I found out later that flies lay eggs in wounds, and they hatch into screw worms.
A local ranger said I had screw worms and he sprayed insect repellent on them.
4) Larvae of Chrysomyia bezziana, the old world screw worm, are obligatory parasites in wounds and infestation is seen especially in India and Africa.