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Common Green Bottle Fly

Lucilia sericata


The common green bottle fly is a blow-fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a housefly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings.


Seen in my garden.


The common green bottle fly is an important species to forensic entomologists. Like most Calliphorids, the insect has been heavily studied and its life cycle and habits are well documented. Due to this, the stage of the insect’s development on a corpse is used to calculate a minimum period of colonization, so that it can used to aid in determining the time of death of the victim.

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Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.80, Long: 72.75

Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Sep 11, 2012

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