Bluebottle – Calliphora erythrocephala
Familiar, large house-invading fly that makes a loud buzzing sound in flight. Female is attracted to meat upon which eggs are laid and the larvae feed.
Adult has a shiny blue body and reddish eyes & jowls.
Seen in most months but most common in summer
Status: Widespread and common.
Greenbottle – Lucilia caesar
A colourful fly that is attracted to flowers, but also to dung and carrion.
Adult has a metallic shine to its body that may be green or bronze-green. The eyes are red.
The larvae live and feed in rotting carcasses. Their presence in a human corpse is an indicator to pathologists of the time of a person’s death.
Status: widespread & common
Flesh-fly – Sarcophoga carnaria
This fly is seldom seen indoors. It is attracted to carrion and carcasses, but is most often seen ‘sunbathing’ on paths or small rocks.
Adult has a greyish coloured body but with chequered markings on the abdomen and has red eyes and proportionately large feet.
Larva is live-born (so no eggs are laid) on decaying flesh
Status : Widespread and common