Sarcophaga carnaria: the flesh fly





The flesh fly (Sarcophaga carnaria) is not a popular insect! It is a member of the group known as house flies and is frequently found around houses but rarely inside them. I suspect many people just do not like flies; they have a bad history I suppose.
There are several species of flesh fly and they are very similar but the most common is Sarcophaga carnaria and I am assuming that that is what this one is. The red eyes, speckled abdomen and large feet as well as their large size make them easily identifiable as a genus, even if not as a species.
This fly breeds in carrion and the female gives birth to young larvae rather than laying eggs which is quite unusual in insects.
Sarcophaga carnaria: the flesh fly

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