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Muscid Fly - Muscina pascuorum

Muscid Fly - Muscina pascuorum
Near Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
September 2, 2006
Sarcophagidae, no? Any further thoughts about the ID?

[changed title 12-2011]

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Muscid Fly - Muscina pascuorum Flesh Fly - Muscina pascuorum Flesh Fly - Muscina pascuorum

Moved from House Flies and kin. Fairly sure this is M. pascuorum.

Moved from Flesh Flies.

This is a muscid. No flesh fly would have the eyes so close to eachother, and flesh flies are usually grey and white checkerboard-like on the abdomen. By a first glance it may look like a blow fly, but the wing venation has a very obtuse bend of vein M, not the sharp angle of typical blow flies.

Thomas, Thank-you very much for your ID of this one!

Blow fly.
This looks like a blow fly to me (family Calliphoridae), but I wouldn't be surprised to be corrected myself:-)

Thanks, Eric! Yes, ID'ing these Calyptrate families can really get hairy (ha!)

I guess what had me thinking Sarcophagidae was how the arista (visible in the close-up photo) is plumose for half its length and then bare for the rest. But like you I hasten to say that I could easily be wrong on this one!

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