Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Calliphoridae - Blow Flies

Fly - Cochliomyia macellaria - male Green Fly - Lucilia Blow Fly - Lucilia - female sericata? - Lucilia cluster fly - Pollenia labialis - female green fly 314 - Lucilia on sunny post - Pollenia - male Large Fly
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
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
keys to NA genera and species in(2)
keys to eastern genera and most species in(4)
key to KY spp. in(5)
very common in a wide variety of habitats, including heavily urbanized areas
scavengers (larvae in carrion, excrement, etc.) or parasites(6)
Commonly seen "basking" on the exterior walls of buildings (flesh also have this habit). Some cause myasis in humans and livestock.(6)
Print References
Tomberlin et al. 2016. A Review of Bacterial Interactions With Blow Flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of Medical, Veterinary, and Forensic Importance. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 110(1): 1-18.
Internet References
NKU. Identification of Calliphoridae to Species