Flesh Fly
( Sarcophagidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Sarcophagidae
(Macquart ,1834 )
Common Name:Flesh Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Family:Sarcophagidae
Taxon Code:DIP00195
ITIS/TSN:151815

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Similar to blowflies, but generally blackish with gray thoracic stripes (never metallic); 3 lateral black lines on a gray background.
Diversity
About 400 species in 49 genera in our area. About 3,100 species in more than 170 genera worldwide.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adults feed on various sugar-containing materials such as nectar, sap, fruit juices and honeydew. Larvae: many species are necrophagous, but some feed in mammalian tissues or parasitize other arthropods (bees, cicadas, termites, grasshoppers/locusts, millipedes), earthworms, or snails.
Range
Worldwide and throughout North America.
Diversity
About 400 species in 49 genera in our area. About 3,100 species in more than 170 genera worldwide.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
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