Calliphora vomitoria

    Description

    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.

    Similar Species

    It is very similar to Calliphora vicina but C. vomitoria has orange 'cheeks' - yellow hairs below the eyes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Anywhere in search of carrion.

    When to see it

    Mainly April to October.

    Life History

    Detritus feeder: larvae found in decaying organic material and especially carrion.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map