Because, as busy as I am, I can always stop and bring you news of a celebrity-insect nexus.
I don’t watch much TV–and so I REALLY had no plans to watch “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” (although if Rob Blagojevich had been on, that might have been worth it, just to see what would happen to his hair.)
“Baldwin said: “I suffered in the first eight days of production, while in the jungle, over 125 insect bites on my body… kind of all over and two of them, much to my surprise, became quite lumpy initially.
“Within about 72 hours they were these half dollar-sized lumps under my skin that were probably about an inch thick….. I did get to take some time with the medic who explained that in his opinion at that point he didn’t think that it was the ‘implantation of insect larvae into my flesh’, but that – oh gosh – that’s what it could be… So they tested these things and sure enough, Stevie B was ‘pregnant.
And therein lies perhaps the most interesting thing you’ve ever read about Stephen Baldwin.’”
I’ve covered Bot Flies before here at the Bug Blog, and generally they are uncomfortable, but not usually very dangerous. In one of the best opening sentences of a scholarly paper ever, Paul Catts wrote:
“Maggots of cuterebrid bot flies are conspicuous, repulsive, and frequently encountered cutaneous parasites of Mammals in the New World.”
Full Citations, for those who want to know:
Catts, E. (1982). Biology of New World Bot Flies: Cuterebridae Annual Review of Entomology, 27 (1), 313-338 DOI: 10.1146/annurev.en.27.010182.001525
Marty, Francisco M., Whiteside, Kristen R. (2005). Myiasis Due to Dermatobia hominis (Human Botfly) New England Journal of Medicine, 352 (23)