Flesh Flies

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Wheeler, "Towards a phylogeny of the flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae): morphology and phylogenetic implications of the Acrophallus in the subfamily Sarcophaginae," Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol.
Mohamed, "DNA-based characterisation and classification of forensically important flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) in Malaysia," Forensic Science International, vol.
Tewari, "Mitochondrial DNA sequencebased phylogenetic relationship among flesh flies of the genus Sarcophaga (Sarcophagidae: Diptera)," Journal of Genetics, vol.
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.
New records of some Sarcophagid flies with distribution of all known flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) of Saudi Arabia.
Sarcophagidae: The members of Sarcophagidae are also called flesh flies. These are similar to blow flies in both larval and adult habits.
Larvae of flesh flies resemble the larvae of blowflies and go through three larval instars.
Scenario 1 * Carrion flies * Predatory flies * Carrion beetles * Predatory beetles * Hair and skin beetles Scenario 2 * Blow flies * Flesh flies * Predatory flies * Carrion beetles * Rove beetles * Carpet beetles * Clothes moths
These small insects seek out flies--notably blow flies, flesh flies, and house flies--then sting and lay their eggs in the fly pupae.