Sunday, 19 September 2010

What is in Your Fridge?

So I get this email the other day that starts like this:

"I found this really disgusting thing the other day and I thought of you."

Well, really, that is quite the insult, is it not?

As it turns out, it is not quite as insulting as it first sounds. The reason this person thought of me is that they hoped, due to my vast sum of knowledge and experience with disgusting things, that I might be able to identify the disgusting thing. So, she was after my disgusting expertise. Not quite so bad, after all.

And here is the disgusting thing, in all its glory.

Disgusting Thing - anterior

Disgusting Thing - posterior



The question is, is there anyone out there that can match my skill and proficiency in disgusting things? That is your challenge for Macro Monday this week. Answers in the comments section please and the prize? ........... That's right, you can have the disgusting thing! Well, I don't really want to keep it, do I?

Just to help you on your way, here is some information passed onto me by the owner of this delightful specimen:

"My son's cat caught a rat somewhere yesterday afternoon. BJ has always wanted a pet rat, and this one seemed like it might recover, although it wasn't mobile at the time thank goodness, so he put it in his old terrarium.  Last evening, however, he checked to see if it had perked up any, and it was lying partially in the water dish, not looking good at all, and it had apparently sh*t out a big thing that was moving around in the water."

And:

"On one trip, Honey-Dog caught a gopher or something - she hadn't killed it but when she dropped it on the dirt it didn't get up and run or anything.  In fact it didn't look too good at all, so I bent over it to see how bad it was hurt.  Suddenly its side started rippling and moving, and then this really big "thing" burrowed out of the side of the poor little animal and started "crawling" away across the dirt.  Horrible -- I've never forgotten that."

She finished by saying:

"I have that disgusting specimen -- it's in a baggie in the fridge in our office, "keeping cool"."

How lovely. I do wonder if her office colleagues had any idea about what was lurking in their fridge. And now I am wondering if mine have any idea what is lurking in our office fridge................
 


For more Macro Monday, go here.

P.S. Sorry about the not-so-good photos this week, but it is Mr. DBM's birthday today and due to all that celebrating, I seem to be running a bit short of time. Also, the subject matter was a little disgusting......

15 comments:

Marie said...

OMG!!!!

Birgitta said...

Disgusting is the right word for this!!! But a great macro it is!

Katherine said...

Bot fly larva? Yucky poo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glrXWd_ykeI&feature=related

ksdoolittle said...

I don't know what is more disgusting, the picture or the story behind it. Yick!

Sistertex said...

Ummm....did I already tell you how much I like your Banner photo? ;)

Jan n Jer said...

Yep!!!That is very disgusting. It grossed me out!

Cortes said...

Disgusting! No idea what it is, and I really don't want to know! Oh, and the photo I liked the best? The penny.

Suldog said...

Well, I guess we have to assume a parasite of some sort - and a rather large one, at that - but I don't have the slightest idea concerning real identification of it. Yuck.

jabblog said...

Well, I HAD to look it up - it's a rodent bot fly maggot (Cuterebra species) and its host is commonly rodents and rabbits though it can infect cats, dogs and humans. I wish I hadn't looked now . . .

Kala said...

Great macro, but ugh!

Carolina said...

That is disgusting! Reminds me of stories my brother told me. About when he was at sea, his captain asked him to take a look at his back because something was irritating him there and when my brother looked there were maggots coming out of the captains back *shudder*.

And he had more stories like that. Wonderful when told at the dinner table ;-)

Anyway, I do love your header photo. Oh, and I'm available for some 'light' gardening if all expenses are paid for. I see you have lots of cash available ;-)

Jay said...

Um. (Ick) The only thing I can think of is a bot fly larva. (In her fridge?? Ickety ick!)

Don't Bug Me! said...

And the winner is.........

Katherine - for being oh so clever and for being first.

Jabblog - for her skill as a researcher and her accuracy.

Jay - I knew you would know - well done!

For the rest of you, this is a bot fly and I have lots of juicy information about these delightful creatures ready for my next post. You can't wait, can you?

Carolina: Thanks for the offer - I know you mean it too. Shame I can't afford the airfare for you right now :o(

Don't Bug Me! said...

Oh, and Katherine, that video was quite disgusting, as were many others that I have found on this subject. You might have warned us!

Katherine said...

It was so gross it was out the other side and into the sublime, I reckon.