The Inuktitut name of the fly, ananngiq, reflects its lifestyle very accurately: it means "one who is obsessed by dung". Flies are among the first insects to "come back to life" in the spring. They are blamed for the spoiling of meat, where they lay their eggs. The eggs hatch out into maggots known as qitirulliq.
One grotesque legend tells the story of a man who, to punish his unfaithful wife, fed her to maggots.