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Genus Lucilia

Metallic green fly - Lucilia Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata Blow Fly - Lucilia Diptera - Lucilia Common Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata - female Fungal flies?  - Lucilia - male 4572A  Iridescent Fly-side view - Lucilia sericata - female Green fly on Pacific Jumping Mouse - Lucilia
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phaenicia Robineau-Desvoidy 1863
Explanation of Names
Lucilia Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
11 spp. in our area; the only genus of the subfamily Luciliinae(1)
key to spp. in(1)
key to eastern Canadian species in (2)
See Also
Neomyia cornicina (Muscidae) is similar but has fewer acrostichal bristles. Typically has more green on head as well:
Print References
Aubertin, D. 1933. Revision of the genus Lucilia R.-D. (Diptera, Calliphoridae). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 38(260): 389–436.
Rognes, K. 1980. The blow-fly genus Lucilia Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera, Calliphoridae) in Norway. Fauna Norvegica Ser. B 27: 39-52.
Shannon, R. C. 1924. Nearctic Calliphoridae, Luciliini. Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus 12: 67-81. (Google Books)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Blow flies (Diptera;Calliphoridae) of eastern Canada with a key to Calliphoridae subfamilies and genera of eastern North America
Marshall S.A., Whitworth T., Roscoe L. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 11: 1-93.