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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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25 January, 2016

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