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Small fly with metallic green body and red eyes - Lucilia

Small fly with metallic green body and red eyes - Lucilia
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
August 29, 2004
I was surprised this one sat so nicely for his (her?) portrait today. The details are much easier to appreciate in photographic examination. I know next to nothing about flies - can you help me narrow down where this one belongs?

Metallic Green Fly
I had seen this Metallic Green Fly, fluorescence main torso and end body, Eugene, Oregon, on July 25, 2009. It was playing on my laptop as I was using it and it was watching the pictures change on the pages. It was friendly and didn't seem to want to fly away. Reacted weird, not like a typical housefly. It even explored my keyboard as I was typing even though I was trying to blow it away. It crawled up on my finger and stayed until I got out my magnifying glasses to see it looking back at me. I have only seen common black houseflies and thought it might be sick and would get better after being freed outside.

"Greenbottle" blow fly
This is a blow fly, probably in the genus Lucilia, family Calliphoridae.

Lucilia sp.
It is Lucilia allright. Little chance of identifying the species from a photo, though.


What genus is more acceptable, Lucilla or Phaenicia??

According to the most recent systematics Phaenicia is at most a subgenus with Lucilia. Future research may show whether we can call Phaenicia a separate 'evolutionary' unit and in that case it may be a true subgenus or even a genus. Personally I think it not very useful to separate it from Lucilia.


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