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Species Calliphora vicina - Blue blowfly

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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 Calliphorinae
Genus Calliphora
Species vicina (Blue blowfly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Calliphora erythrocephala
Explanation of Names
Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
Identification
C. vicina: yellow-orange jowls with black hair, basicosta yellow/orange; C. vomitoria: black jowls with predominantly reddish hair(1)
Range
throughout NA(2) and Eurasia; adventive in scattered locations in the so. hemisphere
Food
Larvae develop in carrion(3)
Remarks
efficient pollinator of some crops (Clement et al. 2007)
one of the most forensically important species because of its consistent time of arrival and colonization of the body following death
Works Cited
1.Veterinary Entomology: Arthropod Ecoparasites of Veterinary Importance
Richard Wall and David Shearer. 1997. Springer.
2.Keys to the genera and species of blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of America north of Mexico
Whitworth T.L. 2006. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 108: 689–725.
3.Blow flies (Diptera;Calliphoridae) of eastern Canada with a key to Calliphoridae subfamilies and genera of eastern North America
S.A. Marshall, T. Whitworth, L. Roscoe. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 11: 1-93.