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Common green bottle fly sitting on a leafe
Common green bottle fly sitting on a leafe


Common green bottle flies
The common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) belongs to the family of Blow-flies (Calliphoridae) and is widespread in Europe and Asia. The body length ranges from 7 to 11 mm and has a metallic sheen in green and gold colours.
The common green bottle fly  Lucilia sericata does not feed on carrion only
The common green bottle fly Lucilia sericata does not feed on carrion only
The common green bottle fly uses its proboscis to suck up liquids from carrion and nectar from flowers. The female common green bottle flies lay their eggs on carrion, which the larvae then feed on when they hatch.

The Common green bottle fly larvae are considered useful as they are used as fishing bait, animal feed and today (once again) in the treatment of wounds.
Lucilia sericata - male - front view
Lucilia sericata - male - front view
Male Common green bottle fly front view
Male Common green bottle fly front view
Common green bottle fly - Lucilia sericata - female
Common green bottle fly - Lucilia sericata - female
Common green bottle fly on screen of boards - back view
Common green bottle fly on screen of boards - back view

Species387
Common namesGreenbottles
German namesGoldfliegen
Finnish namesKiiltokärpäset
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe (North Europe, South Europe, West Europe, Central Europe, Southeast Europe), Asia (South Asia, West Asia, Far East, Central Asia), Russia
America
North America (USA, Mexico, Canada, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Greenland, Bermuda Islands, Rocky Mountains), South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, French Guiana), Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama), Caribbean (Caribbean islands)
Africa
North Africa (Tunisia), Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Republic South Africa), Central Africa (Cameroon), East Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Indian Ocean islands), West Africa (Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Gambia)
Oceania
Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu), Australasia (New Guinea, Australia), Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaii, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Islands), Micronesia (Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, Wake Island)


Ecozones: Palaearctic, Nearctic

Fossils: Paleozoic,
Devonian

CountriesAfghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesLucilia in faunaeur.org
Lucilia in itis.gov
Lucilia in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Common green bottle flies"
- Green blowfly
- Toadfly
Description of images / photos
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1. Common green bottle fly sitting on a leafe
2. The common green bottle fly Lucilia sericata does not feed on carrion only
3. Lucilia sericata - male - front view
4. Male Common green bottle fly front view
5. Common green bottle fly - Lucilia sericata - female
6. Common green bottle fly on screen of boards - back view
Quick search: Fly - Green - Bottle - Flies - Lucilia - Common
Sericata - Larvae - Front - Male - Female - Leafe - Back - Leaves
Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionSchizophora
SubsectionCalyptratae
Calyptrate muscoids
SuperfamilyOestroidea
FamilyCalliphoridae
Blow flies, Blow-flies, Carrion flies, Bluebottles, Greenbottles, Cluster flies, Blue-bottles, Green-bottles
SubfamilyCalliphorinae
TribeLuciliini
GenusLucilia
Greenbottles
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
 
Synonyms
Acrophagella (Ringdahl, 1942)
Bufolucilia (Townsend, 1919)
Caesariceps (Rohdendorf, 1926)
Chaetophaenicia (Enderlein, 1936)
Dasylucilia (Rohdendorf, 1926)
Francilia (Shannon, 1924)
Luciliella (Malloch, 1926)
Phaenicia (Robineau-desvoidy, 1863)
Phumonesia (Villeneuve, 1914)
Roubaudiella (Seguy, 1925)
Sinolucilia (Fan, 1965)
Viridinsula (Shannon, 1926)
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