SarcophagidaeCommon name: Flesh fly

Meaning of name: Sarcophagidae is from the Greek words sarco, meaning flesh, and phage, meaning eating.

Distribution: Unknown.

Description: Flesh flies typically have red eyes, three dark stripes on their backs and a chequered pattern on their abdomens. These flies were approximately 10 millimetres long.

Notes: There are about 2,500 species in the Sarcophagidae family, examples of which can be found throughout much of the world. Females produce live maggots which are laid straight on to dung, rotting vegetation, carcasses or open wounds of living animals, including humans.

These flies were photographed in November.


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