Common Green Bottle Fly
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ARCH CREEK MEMORIAL PARK, FL
This is a photograph of a Common Green Bottle Fly taken at Arch Creek Memorial Park, using a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 60mm lens.
The common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) is a common blow-fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a housefly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has black bristle-like hair and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black. The maggots (larvae) of the fly are used for maggot therapy. L. sericata is common all over the world, mainly the southern hemisphere, dominating in Africa and Australia.
The Common Green Bottle Fly is coastal in its distribution and prefers warm and moist climates.The female will lay her eggs in meat, fish, animal corpses, infected wounds of humans or animals, and excrement. The larvae of this insect feed on most decomposing tissue, but seem to concentrate on the Ovis genus which cause many problems for sheep farmers. This insect is also typical to most fly species by having three instar stages, a pre-pupa stage, and a pupa stage.