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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


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Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
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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
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