Image: Close up of a maggot spiracle

Close up of a maggot spiracle

A close up of one spiracle (breathing apparatus) of a fly maggot. Electron micrograph.

S. Lindsay
© Australian Museum


 The rear ends of maggots (fly larvae) consist of a chamber, in which their anus and posterior spiracles are located. (They also have anterior spiracles). Spiracles are used for breathing, and the possession of spiracles in a posterior location means that maggots can breath feeding 24 hours a day.

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