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Common greenbottle fly

Lucilia caesar


This blow fly is bright iridescent green and is one of a number of metallic green flies which can be found, though they are from differing fly families. The female lays her eggs on carcasses, seeking the soft parts that are shaded from the sun. Larvae live in carrion and also in wounds on living animals, eating away the flesh with alarming rapidity, and so can be a problem in sheep-rearing areas.


It feeds in pollen and nectar from flowers, also dung.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

thanks, Sue :-)

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Olsztyn, województwo warmińsko-mazurskie, Poland

Spotted on Jul 15, 2011
Submitted on Jul 17, 2011

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