Subject: Bugs? on sanitary napkins
Geographic location of the bug: India, in a semi humid to dry enviornment, near bloo
Time: 02:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello,
This is going to be a bit disgusting, graphic and tmi.
I had a lot of very bad weeks in terms of mental illness and as a result of that, I accumulated bloody disposable sanitary pads.
Yes I know what a bad idea that is. I managed to clean and sanitize all of my pad shelf today (yay)
There were insects on it. (Not insects since they did not have legs but maybe to-be insects since maybe they were early stages).
They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least. I collected them and sprayed the whole thing with sanitizer, is there something else you’d recommend doing?
Do you know what it might have been?
How you want your letter signed: A harangued person
Dear harangued person,
This appears to be a fly pupa, commonly called puparia. Fly larvae known as Maggots feed on a multitude of different foods, and many species of flies are associated with rotting organic matter. When the maggots have finished feeding, they often wander away from the food source to transform into the puparia. The insects you described: “They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least” sound very much like maggots. So, if it is any comfort, the puparia did not emerge from the sanitary napkin, but rather the sanitary napkin seemed like a dry, comfortable place for metamorphosis.