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  • Common Greenbottle Fly - (Lucilia sericata)

    Common Greenbottle Fly - (Lucilia sericata)

    The metallic green Common Greenbottle Fly can bring help, health, or harm depending on who you are talking to.

    Staff Writer (8/23/2017): Adult Common Greenbottle Flies drink nectar and help pollinate crops like broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, onions, and kale. Their larvae eat from the carcasses of dead animals. These maggots are useful in timing the decomposition of corpses. This species of adults is one of the first flies to arrive on a corpse. Thanks to short lives,and well-studied characteristics at various life stages, they are valuable to forensic science . They have also been used medicinally to clear rotting tissue from humans when surgical options are ineffective or impossible. This same species, however, is detrimental to sheep. Larvae have caused sheep strike, where upon they invade the healthy skin of sheep and cause sheep death when untreated.

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    Common Greenbottle Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Common Greenbottle Fly
    Scientific Name: Lucilia sericata
    Other Names: Sheep Blow Fly

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Calliphoridae
           Genus: Lucilia
            Species: sericata

    Identifying Colors: green, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: fast, shiny, metallic, flying, hairy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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