An unscrupulous man who wants the beautiful wife of another colleague pays to have an earwig placed in the husband's ear. This insect will will tunnel through the victim's brain causing excruciating pain and certain death. However, his accomplice enters the wrong bedroom and places the insect in the man's own ear by mistake. After weeks of pain he miraculously survives, but the doctor tells him that his ordeal is not yet over. Written by
Did You Know?
The premise of "The Caterpillar" is in reality - true. The larvae of the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) has in a few instances been laid inside the human host ear. The fly is a notorious livestock pest that also seeks out pets, zoo animals and occasionally humans as hosts. A pregnant female screwworm fly seeks an open wound on the skin of a warm-blooded animal to lay her eggs. Within 24 hours, the eggs hatch into tiny larvae that feed on living tissue and bodily fluids, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. See more
When Burke & Prof Putman (+ daughter) are at dinner, the coloring changes to a red-hue several times. This continues when Burke/Cottrell talk after the driving incident. However this may be planned as the same effect is used in the final moments. See more
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