Maggot, the common name of the fly-worm generated in flesh, from the egg of the large blue flesh-fly, known under the name of blue-lottle. Its body is while and fleshy, destitute of legs or feet, and composed of a number of rings, similar to those of caterpillars ; and the insect is capable of assuming various figures, being at times more or less extended in length, and consequently of a greater or smaller size, according to its different contraction.

Although we are not acquainted with any remedy,by which meat or cheese infested with maggots may be recovered, and rendered fit for use, yet we shall suggest a simple expedient for preventing the ge neration of such vermin.—In hot climates, where the flesh of animals undergoes putrefaction within a few hours, it will be advisable to cover the meat with the leaves of the Swallow-wort (Stapelia va-riegata and hirsuta), natives of Africa ; or with those of the Fetid Goose-foot or Orache (Chenopo-dium olidumj, either of which possess a very fetid smell, that attracts the oviparous flies to deposit their eggs on these leaves, mistaking them for putrid flesh ; but, as the young brood cannot subsist on vegetable food, they speedlily perish.—Funke remarks, that a couple of flies, according to a probable computation, may produce in one year, two millions of descendants.