"You common, monkey-headed, rat-tailed
, sulphur-coloured son of a door mat, do you know what I'm going to call you?"
Tanya Latty, an entomologist at the University of Sydney, said the animal was a rat-tailed
maggot and the creature did not pose a threat to humans.
These were rat-tailed
bats, two species of which occur in Egypt, the Larger Rat-tailed
Bat and the Lesser Rattailed Bat.
The larva has a siphon that acts as a respiratory attachment and also is like a tail, thus giving them their nickname "rattailed maggot." The siphon can be several times the length of the body; it was identified as "rat-tailed
maggot" or larvae fly E.
Instead, they offer an escalating strategy that graduates from claiming to have an STD, to vomiting, to, ultimately, stabbing assailants with a rat-tailed
comb, with the caveat "Use of a firearm to protect yourself or property is not recommended."