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:DIP00762
ITIS TSN#:151815

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Horsethief Canyon, Horsethief Canyon, Unincorporated Santa Clara Co
County:Santa Clara County
ECI Site#:CA43000001

RECOGNITION
Similar to blowflies, but generally blackish with gray thoracic stripes (never metallic); 3 lateral black lines on a gray background.

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.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#151815


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