Green Bottlefly
( Phaenicia sericata )


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PHOTO COMMENT
This is one of Oakland?s commonest flies. Also known as the Green Blow Fly, it is the number one species in household garbage. It is characteristically green or bronze with large red eyes. Females are often the first to be attracted to and lay eggs on bodies of dead animals. The species is very important in forensic entomology. The biology and development of this insect is so well known and documented that its presence can help pinpoint time of death to within just hours. Adult flies may enter homes and are quite a nuisance due to their size, buzzing and incessant flight in patterns as they try to exit. This fly also is the one used in maggot therapy -a medical treatment where dead tissue is consumed by the fly?s maggots, sterilizing a wound and leaving behind healthy tissue.

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Phaenicia sericata
(Meigen, 1826)
Common Name:Green Bottlefly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Family:Calliphoridae
Taxon Code:DIP00174

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

RECOGNITION
Body Length
10 mm

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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