A pizza can be completely demolished by maggots in less than two hours.
Researchers tracked individual larvae as they feasted and discovered the hoard resembles a ‘fountain’ as they eat for five minutes before taking a rest and letting others take over.
The larvae of the black solider flies allow others to replace them once they have stopped feeding.
Incredible video footage from the scientific study shows 10,000 maggots devouring an entire pizza in two hours.
Pools of up to 10,000 maggots were fed a 40cm-diameter pizza and orange slices, sparking a frenzy that was recorded by the scientists.
The findings, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface revealed the maggots were able to consume their food at speed by forming a ‘fountain’ around the meal.