Sarcophaga (Taylorimyia) aurifronsCommon name: Grey-striped Fly

Meaning of name: Sarcophaga is from the Greek words sarco, meaning flesh, and phage, meaning eating. Aurifrons is from the Latin words aureus, meaning golden, and frontis meaning front, forehead or brow.

Distribution: This fly is found across Australia.

Description: Grey-striped 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: 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.

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesh_fly

http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_muscoid/GreyFleshFly.htm

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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