This large 'bluebottle' fly has a characteristic shiny blue abdomen and a dark thorax. The orange hairs on the gena and post gena, looking like a ginger beard, help to distinguish this species. Although common and widespread, this species is not usually associated with people in the same way as the closely related Calliphora vicina.
It is very similar to Calliphora vicina but C. vomitoria has an orange 'beard'.
A photo showing the orange 'beard' is usually sufficient.
Anywhere in search of carrion.
Mainly April to October but it can be seen on any sunny day during the winter.
Detritus feeder: larvae found in decaying organic material and especially carrion.
Common and widespread in England and Wales.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland
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