Calliphoridae

Pronunciation:  [Cal·li·PHOR⋅i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Blow Flies

Description:  The blow flies are a metallic blue or green color and are ubiquitous in nature. The antennae are aristate with a plumose bristle, and the calypters are large and prominent. They are distinguished by the absence of a post-scutellum. These scavenger insects lay their eggs on dead animals. The larvae feed on decaying tissue of animals. They are efficient disease vectors of dysentery.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Metallic body color
  2. Postscutellum absent
  3. Calypters large and distinct
  4. Arista of antenna mostly plumose

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Order:  Diptera