This large 'bluebottle' fly has a characteristic shiny blue body with rows of bristles along each side. 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 orange 'cheeks' - yellow hairs below the eyes.
Anywhere in search of carrion.
Mainly April to October.
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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