We were not on the boardwalk hunting caterpillars. The odor of death had been detected near the boardwalk at #112 and the remains of a deer could be seen ten meters to the north.
When the images of the maggots were taken, they covered the majority of the fawn's body and could be easily heard as they moved and ate. There was little left for any larger scavengers. However, that did not prevent the vultures, both black and turkey, from finding the carrion two hours later below the forest's thick canopy. The vultures' stay was brief due to the lack of suitably-sized portions. During their inspection, the vultures did move the deer's remains and dislodged many of the maggots.
No word yet on whether the maggots separated from the carcass were able to reestablish contact with their meal.
Images by Mark Musselman