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Greenbottle Blowflies - Subfamily Luciliinae

Family Calliphoridae

This page contains pictures and information about Blowflies in subfamily Luciliinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Member in this subfamily are carrion feeders. They are either metallic green in colours.

Australian Sheep Blowfly
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Male                                                                    Female 
Lucilia cuprina, body length 8mm
The Blowfly feeds on nectar. It is the major pest species in sheep farming. Their larvae breed mostly on living sheep and corpse. The fly is one of the first flies to lay its eggs in a corpse. The fly is green metallic colour, silvery head and red eyes. Some reference put this species into subfamily Luciliinae. Please click on here for more information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p781. 
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p375. 
3. On the Fly, The Interactive Atlas and Key to Australian Fly Families CD Rom - Hamilton, J. et al. 2006. Brisbane : CBIT & ABRS.
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.

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