European Blowfly

Calliphora vicina

European Blowfly Calliphora vicina

Commonly called the ‘Bluebottle’ fly, several of them appear to be enjoying feeding off my Spindle which is just coming into flower at the bottom of my garden. This is the commonest of the Blubottles in Britain, Calliphora vomitoria being very similar, but less common. Calliphora vicina has quite a striking metallic blue abdomen with black and light grey markings, the thorax a dull grey, and the jowls are orange, where asΒ Calliphora vomitoria are black.

European Blowfly Calliphora vicina

The adults are mainly seen April to November, but they can be found all year round. It is common and widespread throughout Britain.

European Blowfly Calliphora vicina

The larvae of these flies readily breed in decomposing organic matter, especially carrion, and have followed humans on our travels to take advantage of the waste material we leave in our wake.

European Blowfly Calliphora vicina


Please click on the images for a larger more detailed view.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

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21 thoughts on “European Blowfly

  1. Come Fly with me…

    Come fly with me, let’s fly let’s fly away
    If you can use some exotic booze
    There’s a bar in far Bombay
    Come fly with me, let’s fly let’s fly away.

    Really good Macros!!

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚ This was one of those unexpected moments when everything just came together. Being in the right place at the right time. Weather conditions, light (although on the dull side can have its advantages reagarding the wings), and subjects willing to play ball with you.

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  2. Great macros, Pete.
    Sometimes I think all flies migrated to Australia in the late 1790s along with the First Fleet that arrived in Sydney – we seem to have a plague of them every Summer ever since.

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