Lucilia caesar - Lucilia caesar

Description

This blow fly is bright iridescent green though like all the 'greenbottles' is becomes more bronze with age. It is very similar to other Lucilia species but has just two pairs of acrostichal bristles behind the suture line on the thorax and a dark basicosta. Males can be distinguished by the large genital capsule.

Similar Species

There are seven very similar Lucilia species that can be found in our region. They can only be separated by close examination of features such as bristles. L. caesar can be distinguished from the more common L. sericata which has three pairs of post suture acrostichal bristles and a pale basicosta but there are other Lucilia species with these features.

Habitat

Unlike its cousin the bluebottle, this species rarely comes into houses and is usually seen on flowers and vegetation, or sunning in a sheltered spot.

When to see it

April to October peaking in June.

Life History

The female lays her eggs on carcasses, seeking the soft parts that are shaded from the sun. Larvae live in carrion and also in wounds on living animals, eating away the flesh with alarming rapidity, and so can be a problem in sheep-rearing areas.

UK Status

Very common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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