Nightmare Fuel
πŸ“Έ by Albert Krebs

The adult toadfly (lucilia bufonivora) lays its eggs on the skin at the entrance to the nostrils of the common toad.

On hatching, the larvae start to feed on the tissue of the nostrils and work their way into the nasal cavities.

The larvae grow rapidly and as their appetite increases, they start to consume the eyes, the brain and other tissues of the host.

When the toad has died and the larvae have totally consumed its tissues and finished their development, they make their way into the soil and pupate.