Botflies invade Murang'a

Botflies, also known as warble flies, heel flies, and gadflies, are a family of flies technically known as the Oestridae. Their larvae are internal parasites of mammals, some species growing in the host’s flesh and others within the gut. Dermatobia hominis is the only species of botfly known to parasitize humans routinely, though other species of flies cause myiasis in humans.
Botflies deposit eggs on a host, or sometimes use an intermediate vector such as the common housefly, mosquitoes, and, in the case of D. hominis, a species of tick. After mating, the female human botfly captures the phoretic insect by holding onto its wings with her legs. She then makes the slip—attaching 15 to 30 eggs onto the insect’s abdomen, where they incubate. The fertilized female does this over and over again to distribute the 100 to 400 eggs she produces in her short lifespan of only 8-9 days. Larvae from these eggs, stimulated by the warmth and proximity of a large mammal host, drop onto its skin and burrow underneath. Intermediate vectors are often used, since a number of animal hosts recognise the approach of a botfly and flee.
Eggs are deposited on animal skin directly, or the larvae hatch and drop from the eggs attached to the intermediate vector; the body heat of the host animal induces hatching upon contact or immediate proximity. Some forms of botfly also occur in the digestive tract after ingestion by licking.


WTF did I just read!

I hate all insects except kumbekumbe (flying termites) and machichi (don’t know it’s English name)

Kumbe hizi vitu ziko kenya

That must be painful.

Here is a severe case of botfly larvae infestation

These things or similar ones attack humans especially unattended children who wet the bed regularly. They are mistaken for boils.



Humans too get infected

i have just lost my sleep nkt ! Huyu @Punda si ni punda sana !

Hii Ghaseer inachafua kijiji na this images wapi admin @Deorro

What do Botflies have to do with Murang’a??? Botflies that affect humans are only found in the Americas.
Otherwise, knowing Africans, we would have had them everywhere on the continent.

Stop your ignorance. Muranga kuna type zote za humans wametolewa larvae mingi Sana this week

videos about these flies are terrifying to watch



This one got them after wearing a second hand sindiria she bought at the market.


This one was proven to be a hoax. It is made of two photographs through Photoshop.