The blue bottle fly is a common blow-fly. The fly is stout and medium to medium-large size, and about 1/2 inch long. Its head and thorax are gray and the abdomen is a bright metallic blue. Its eyes are red and its body and legs are black and covered with black bristle-like hair. Larvae are eyeless and legless and are pale yellow to white in color. They are tapered from the large, rounded rear segment to the head.
The blue bottle fly is found in pastures, barnyards, gardens, and rotting material. This species is widespread and common.
- Blue bottle: Calliphora vomitoria (The PLANT PRESS, Natural England)
- Descriptions of Families of Flower-Visiting Flies (In: Insect Visitors of Illinois Flowers, Copyright 2002-2007 John Hilty)
- Blow Flies In: Common Kentucky House Flies, Blow Flies, Flesh Flies, & Tachinid Flies (Blake Newton In: The Kentucky Critter Files, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky)
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