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Family Calliphoridae - Blow Flies

Flies at rotting shrew - Pollenia - female Los Angeles Lucilia? - Lucilia - female Fly - Lucilia Hairy maggot blow fly - Chrysomya megacephala - male Chrysomya - Hairy Maggot Blow Fly? - Chrysomya rufifacies - male fly on a rock - Cynomya cadaverina Large green fly bubbling on the fence - Phormia regina Blow Fly - Lucilia
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)
Other Common Names
Bluebottle and Greenbottle Flies
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
para- or polyphyletic(1)
Explanation of Names
Calliphoridae Brauer & Bergenstamm 1889
Numbers
84 spp. in 17 genera of 5 subfamilies in our area(2), >1,500 spp. in ~100 genera worldwide(3)(1). At least 6 are non-native
Identification
keys to NA genera and species in(2)
keys to eastern genera and most species in(4)
key to KY spp. in(5)
Habitat
very common in a wide variety of habitats, including heavily urbanized areas
Food
scavengers (larvae in carrion, excrement, etc.) or parasites(6)
Remarks
Commonly seen "basking" on the exterior walls of buildings (flesh flies also have this habit). Some cause myasis in humans and livestock.(6)
Internet References
NKU. Identification of Calliphoridae to Species