Tumbu Fly

This harmless, charming creature, the Tumbu fly – also known as the bikini fly – lives across Africa and Asia and flies about smelling flowers and composing poems and so on, then attaches itself to drying washing – a shirt say or, gulp, a bikini.. and LAYS ITS EGGS.

The laundry owner then PUTS ON THE BIKINI and the eggs hatch against the nice warm skin. The larvae BURROW DOWN INTO THE SKIN and live just under the surface – 5mm long maggots – EATING YOUR FLESH and popping up every now and again for air.

Most people think they’re spots or pimples, but when they get home from holiday they try and squeeze them and OUT SQUIRMS