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Purring maggot


Urist likes purring maggots for their comforting whirs.

  • Underground Depth: 2-3

· Exotic pet · Hateable · Milkable

Pet value 10
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A tiny larva which is prized for its milk.

Purring maggots are a type of cavern-living vermin notable for being the only underground source of milk, known as dwarven milk. They can be obtained by trapping them with animal traps. They are hateable vermin and will inspire an unhappy thought in dwarves that detest them.

To obtain these maggots you will need to discover the 2nd or 3rd cavern layer, then construct (b-m) animal traps on cave moss there. Use q to set meat/fish for bait. A higher quality trap will increase the chances of catching a purring maggot instead of losing the bait.

Some dwarves like purring maggots for their comforting whirs.

Crudely drawn by Zippy


  • Tamed purring maggots can't be milked. Bug:3670
  • After being milked, purring maggots are left inside the workshop as an item. Bug:3668


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In the 28th episode of Dwarf Fortress Talk, it was revealed the sprite for dwarven cheese in the official Premium tileset was inspired by Casu Marzu, a Sardinian cheese containing live maggots, causing the sprite to have a two-frame animation. The idea was forwarded by Meph, who drew it. This in turn spawned a discussion as to where the maggots in the cheese came from, the milked maggot remaining. Do the maggots lay, or contain, smaller maggots? Do they form maggot-chains, or are they like Matryoshka dolls? Maybe the ”purring” of the purring maggot is a bunch of maggots inside the maggot, making a purring noise as they move around.

”The mystery of the purring maggot only grows.” - Toady One