Flesh Flies

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Flesh Flies


the general name for several species of dipterous insects of the families Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae. Body length, 6–17 mm. The insects are dull gray (Sarcophaga carnarid), metallic blue (Calliphora vicina), or metallic green (the greenbottle fly Lucilia sericata).

Flesh flies, including Cynomyia mortuorum, are widely distributed. They feed on carrion, meat, feces, and rotting fruits. Female flesh flies of the family Sarcophagidae are viviparous. The larvae of Calliphora vicina and L. sericata develop on cadavers, meat, and, less frequently, feces. The larvae of S. carnaria parasitize earthworms. Extraintestinal digestion is characteristic of flesh-fly larvae. The larvae of L. sericata can develop in necrotized tissues and cause myiases in animals and humans. Flesh flies are carriers of helminthic eggs and the causative agents of certain infectious diseases.


Grunin, K. Ia. “Semeistvo Calliphoridae—Kalliforidy.” In Opredelitel’ nasekomykh Evropeiskoi chasti SSSR, vol. 5, part 2. Leningrad, 1970.
Rodendorf, B. B. “Semeistvo Sarcophagidae—Sarkofagidy.” In Opredelitel’ nasekomykh Evropeiskoi chasti SSSR, vol. 5, part 2. Leningrad, 1970.
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Blow flies and flesh flies as hosts for different parasitoids are discussed.
Immature stages of blow and flesh flies are one of the primary invertebrate consumers of decomposing animal organic matter and human dead body (Greenburg and Kunich, 2002)
Flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) associated with North American pitcher plants (Sarraceniaceae), with descriptions of three news species.
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Overall abundance: during the sampled year a total of 1 305 flesh flies from eighteen different species were obtained (Table 1).
Effect of temperature on flies abundance: the overall number of flesh flies per sample was positively correlated with the mean temperature recorded at RECS in both surveyed habitats.