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« Reply #50 on: 23/09/2009 23:39:00 »
OK seriously, do you think one would try to eat at the rectum if it was to squeeze through a sweaty sphincter?  Or because it eats keratin mainly, do you think it would simply carry on crawling towards the colon?

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« Reply #51 on: 24/09/2009 13:22:39 »
Q. Could moth larvae invade my body?

A. only if you've been dead for a couple of weeks ...

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Black putrefaction is the stage that follows. In this stage, the body cavity ruptures. The gases trapped inside the body escape and the green color on the abdomen darkens. All of this occurs ten to twenty days after death. The insects found living inside the body include: calliphoridae (blow-fly) larvae, staphylinidae (rove beetles), histeridae (clown beetles), gamasid mites, ptomaphila (Australian carrion beetles), trichopterygidae (feather-winged beetle), piophilid (cheese fly) larvae, parasitic wasps, staphylinidae (rove beetle) larvae, trichopterygidae (feather-winged beetle) larvae, ptomaphila (Australian carrion beetle) larvae, dermestes (skin beetles), tyroglyphid mites, tineid (clothes moth) larvae, and dermestes (skin beetle) larvae.
http://scienceray.com/biology/death-and-bugs/
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« Reply #52 on: 24/09/2009 23:45:47 »
Thank you RD - but you have missed the point - please read OP.
 

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« Reply #53 on: 25/09/2009 02:19:15 »
Thank you RD - but you have missed the point - please read OP.

If you cannot find any precedent of moth larvae invading a living human body then I refer you to my previous "point" in this thread ...
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=24629.msg267244#msg267244
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« Reply #54 on: 20/12/2009 02:26:28 »
Looking over this thread again it seems there are two contradictory claims: Nizzle claiming the rectum is oxygen containing while Bored Chemist claiming otherwise.

Is there anyone on here with some authority to clear this up?
 

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