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name for fliesfly,
name commonly used for any of a variety of winged insects, but properly restricted to members of the order Diptera, the true flies, which includes the housefly, gnat, midge, mosquito, and tsetse fly.
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 of the family Calliphoridae. Blowflies are about the same size as, and resemble, the housefly; because they are usually metallic blue or green they are also called bluebottle or greenbottle flies. The eggs are laid on the material that serves as food for the larvae, e.g., decaying flesh and other organic matter. Blowflies are often carriers of disease, such as dysentery. The larvae of certain species of blowfly, raised under germ-free conditions and known as surgical, or medicinal, maggots, are used to consume dead and dying tissue and thus promote healing.

The screwworm fly, once common in the S United States but eradicated there by the early 1980s, lays its eggs in wounds or orifices in wild and domestic animals and sometimes in humans. Its maggots feed on living tissue, potentially causing death and significant livestock losses to agriculture. The fly is controlled through the release of radiation-sterilized males; after mating with them, the females, which mate only once, lay eggs that fail to hatch.

Blowflies are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Diptera, family Calliphoridae. See also insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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any of various dipterous flies of the genus Calliphora and related genera that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, carrion, and open wounds: family Calliphoridae
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MaxEnt predicts potential distributions, not realised ones (Phillips & Dudik 2008), which means that some areas may be predicted to be suitable for these blowflies based on the environmental variables used, yet the flies are not found in those areas because there are other factors, such as competition with other blowflies, for resources that may affect their ability to survive in those areas.
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Look at the press photographs of the howling men and women who cluster like blowflies on dung to kick, pelt with stones and scream abuse at police vehicles carrying those arrested after a murder.
One day the geese dump in on a decoy spread like blowflies swarming fresh roadkill.
Her father attracted enemies, she recalls, in her vigorous western vernacular, "like an open jar of jam will gather ants and blowflies.
Locals gave directions to the joint by saying, "go past Pass Road, take a right, and follow the string of blowflies.
The maggots got into the drains in the mortuary and they were plagued with blowflies and bluebottle flies for the next two weeks," he said.
Blowflies lay eggs primarily in the eyes, nose, and hair of a body within the first twenty-four hours following death.
Species, sub-species and hybrid populations of the blowflies Lucilia cuprina and Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae).
Microsonic events are sometimes emphasized, as if a flashlight were lighting up a delimited portion of the acoustic space, separating them from the general context; one can perceive birds above, crickets and cicadas in the background, and blowflies nearby.