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Species Pollenia pediculata

Cluster fly - Pollenia pediculata - male Cluster Fly - Pollenia pediculata - male Cluster Fly - Pollenia pediculata - male Unknown Diptera (Cluster fly?) - Pollenia pediculata Blow Fly - Pollenia pediculata Blow Fly - Pollenia pediculata Cluster Fly - Pollenia pediculata - female Fungus covered fly - Pollenia pediculata - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Calliphoridae (Blow Flies)
Genus Pollenia (Cluster flies)
Species pediculata (Pollenia pediculata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pollenia pediculata Macquart, 1830
Pollenia pseudorudis (Rognes, 1987)
"It is readily identified by a distinctive bundle of setae on the venter of the wing, at the junction of the humeral crossvein and subcosta."(1)
Northern Europe and Northern North America
Larvae feed on earthworms, including Eisenia rosea. (2)
One of the common species in the genus, frequently seen overwintering in houses. (2)
Initial collection, year 1904
Perhaps an early introduction from Europe
Internet References
Biological Survey. Cluster Flies (Calliphoridae: Polleniinae: Pollenia) of North America, page 11
Works Cited
1.Keys to the Genera and Species of Blow Flies (Diptera:Calliphoridae) of America North of Mexico - Terry Whitworth
2.Cluster flies (Calliphoridae: Polleniinae: Pollenia) of North America
Adam Jewiss-Gaines, Stephen A. Marshall, and Terry L. Whitworth. 2012. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification.