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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 July, 2010

Bluebottle (Calliphora vomitoria)

As this series looks at the nature of Dorset one cannot pick and choose what to include. Bluebottles, like the Rat, are amongst the most despised, even hated, forms of wildlife. There link with spreading disease is the obvious reason for this.

There are several very similar species of Bluebottle and I cannot be absolutely certain that this is Calliphora vomitoria but, as that is the most common it possibly is.

Vomitoria says it all really! The females are attracted to fish and meat for egg laying and houses are a pretty good place to find such things. They also lay on carrion outside of houses too of course.

They are around most of the year, whenever the weather is mild.