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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.
REFERENCESGrunin, 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.