Another Don’t Double Click Scenario

 

 

Bluebottle Fly (Calliphora vicina)
Bluebottle Fly (Calliphora vicina)

… but if you want to double click on the image, well … you have been warned …

They just love the sweet flowering spindle.


June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

 

Beautifully Blue – For A Fly

Calliphora sp.

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Bluebottle Fly Calliphora vicina June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Feeding Time

Calliphora sp

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Bluebottle Fly Calliphora vicina June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

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 as 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


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Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.