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Species Phormia regina - Black Blow Fly

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Calliphoridae (Blow Flies)
Subfamily Chrysomyinae
Genus Phormia
Species regina (Black Blow Fly)
Explanation of Names
Phormia regina (Meigen 1826)
Size
6-14 mm
Identification
Adult metallic dark blue or olive-green with an orange front spiracle
Range
North America; Eurasia; Hawaii(1)
Habitat
Attracted to dung and carrion(2)
Season
a cool weather species, most commonly seen in spring and fall; hibernates as adults under bark of rotting logs, etc.(2)
Remarks
used in forensics to determine time of death (Byrd & Allen 2001)
Maggots used to clean wounds
Can cause secondary myiasis in animals; pest of livestock(2)
very common throughout NA(3)
See Also
Some metallic Muscidae, e.g. Eudasyphora, are superficially similar with a more gradual bend in vein M.