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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. Blowflies are commonly found around dead animals and garbage dumps, and lay their eggs on material that serves as food for the larvae, e.g., decaying flesh and other organic matter. Blowflies can transport hundreds of types of bacteria and 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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In the past forty years, the theory of the Nicholson's blowflies equation has made a remarkable progress with main results scattered in numerous research papers.
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Blowflies are typically r-selected (Elzinga 1997), mobile opportunists (Smith & Wall 1998) that make use of most available carrion resources to breed (Richards et al.
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This putrid purple blossom exudes a scent that mimics a carcass, seeking to lure carrion blowflies into its flowers.
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.