How To Eradicate A Species

It’s a typically hot and humid day in Florida, 1955. On a small farm cattle graze and languidly tail-swish flies away. One of the cows has scraped herself against a sharp nail and has a small cut on her shoulder. An unassuming fly lands on the cut, and, after a few seconds of careful tasting, begins to lay eggs around the edge. The next day, the new maggots burrow into the wound and begin to eat the healthy flesh inside. Excretions from the…

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I write about science and I really like insects.

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