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Species Lucilia sericata - Common Green Bottle Fly

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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 Lucilia
Species sericata (Common Green Bottle Fly)
Other Common Names
Sheep Blow Fly
Explanation of Names
Lucilia sericata (Meigen 1826)
holarctic & neotropical; in the New World, so. Canada to Argentina(1)
Larvae feed on carrion. Adults take nectar and have been used as pollinators of onions, cabbages and also other Brassicaceae,
Life Cycle

Larvae are used in forensics to determine the age of a corpse, and in medicine to clean up wounds (they feed on partially decomposed tissue, leaving the healthy one alone)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Anderson & Kaufman 2011)(2)