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In order to advance the scientific method and the principles of empiricism, scientists fed a 16-inch cheese pizza to 10,000 maggots.
The feeding frenzy—the maggots scarfed down the whole pie in two hours—was documented in a time-lapse video, and described in a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Researchers led by Olga Shishkov, a mechanical engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech, devised the experiment to examine the amazing eating powers of black soldier fly larvae.
Black soldier flies have a lot of potential as biological composters and waste recyclers because of their eating skills, and the species is not a pest or a vector for disease.
These baby flies are the Joey Chestnuts of the maggot world. They can eat twice their body weight in one day and they gorge at an accelerated rate compared to their larval competitors.
It turns out the maggots create a “fountain of larvae” on the pizza, in the words of the authors.
“Larvae crawl towards the food from below, feed, and then are expelled on the top layer,” Shishkov’s team said. “This self-propagating flow pushes away potential roadblocks, thereby increasing eating rate.”
originally posted by: and14263
a reply to: dug88
Maggots are cool.
The fishing bait shops in the uk sell them by the pint.
Red, white or mixed.
In the 90s you could get bronze coloured ones which were also fat but the dye was carcinogenic.
I also like tiny maggots called squats or ‘pinkies’.
Anglers hold a mighty under their tongue in winter to get it wriggling more by heating it up.
I’ve crunched them, they taste salty.
Put a load in a tub and leave it, after an hour in the heat you open it and they erupt! Like a volcano!
Mi once left a pint in the garage, turned into huge docile flies! My mum wasn’t happy. Ah the memories. That was 25 years ago.
originally posted by: Realtruth
Best way to clean an infected open wound. Maggots have a built-in antiseptic, and clean out all the dead tissue from wounds.
They've already saved many people's limbs from being amputated