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Bluebottle Fly

Calliphora vomitoria


The bluebottle fly is a domestic pest. It is also known by its Latin name Protophormia Terraenovae. It belongs to the family Calliphoridae. The species is widespread. What makes this fly stand out from your ordinary house fly is its abdomen. It is light blue in colour and has an unmistakable metallic glaze. Those are the knights of flies. They have short antennas, that won’t tangle while the flies ramming their chests in battle. They have four tarsi per leg and they even have spiked armour to protect them in battle!


This fancy flying menace usually hibernates during the winter. However, if the fly finds a warm place to continue feeding and reproducing, it will gladly take on the offer. Open windows and doors to human homes are the invitations the fly waits to receive. It can also get inside through cracks, or just lay its eggs there in order to save them. Once in your beloved home, it will lay eggs around and will annoy you until it gets the better of you and provokes your rage.Bluebottle flies are actually pollinators. This means that they help flowers and plants to breed, just like the hardworking bees. There is a big difference, however. Bees prefer plants with pleasant smells. The wings of the fly move at a rate of 200 times per second. The eyes of the bluebottle fly are made out of 8000 facets. The bluebottle fly can smell things 750 yards away. A bluebottle fly can travel 300 times the length of its body in a single second. This fly species consumes rotting organic matter, including animal carcasses or garbage.


Blue bottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing tissue. After larvae hatch, they feed on the surrounding meat. When ready to pupate, the pests head to drier environments. The blue bottle fly life cycle from egg to adult fly can take as little as seven days, but generally requires about 2 weeks .

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Telangana, India

Spotted on Sep 16, 2018
Submitted on Oct 1, 2018

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