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Calliphora vomitoria (Blue bottle fly)

Synonyms: Calliphora affinis; Calliphora fulvibarbis; Calliphora pseudovomitoria; Calliphora rubrifrons; Musca carnivora; Musca coerulea; Musca minimus; Musca obscoena

Wikipedia Abstract

The bluebottle fly or bottlebee (Calliphora vomitoria) is a common blow fly found in most areas of the world and is the type species for the genus Calliphora. Its larva, used as fishing bait, is called a maggot, while its pupa, also widely used for bait, is called a caster. Similar species include the greenbottle fly, a close relative that can be distinguished by its bright green metallic colouring. Bluebottle fly adults feed on nectar, while the larvae feed on carcasses of dead animals. Adults are also pollinators to some flowers with strong odor.
View Wikipedia Record: Calliphora vomitoria

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afonydd Cleddau/ Cleddau Rivers 1855 Wales, United Kingdom  
Berwyn a Mynyddoedd de Clwyd/ Berwyn and South Clwyd Mountains 67265 Wales, United Kingdom
Birklands and Bilhaugh 672 England, United Kingdom  
Cairngorms 142543 Scotland, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay Dunes/ Twyni Bae Caerfyrddin 2981 Wales, United Kingdom
Cerne and Sydling Downs 912 England, United Kingdom
Clogwyni Pen Llyn/ Seacliffs of Lleyn 2591 Wales, United Kingdom
Coedydd Aber 855 Wales, United Kingdom  
Cors Caron 2130 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Eifionydd 357 Wales, United Kingdom  
Corsydd Môn/ Anglesey Fens 1154 Wales, United Kingdom  
Cwm Doethie – Mynydd Mallaen 10186 Wales, United Kingdom
Drigg Coast 3453 England, United Kingdom
Elenydd 21274 Wales, United Kingdom
Eryri/ Snowdonia 48773 Wales, United Kingdom  
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Gower Ash Woods/ Coedydd Ynn Gwyr 576 Wales, United Kingdom
Gower Commons/ Tiroedd Comin Gwyr 4390 Wales, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Mendip Limestone Grasslands 1032 England, United Kingdom
Moor House – Upper Teesdale 95867 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Morfa Harlech a Morfa Dyffryn 2626 Wales, United Kingdom
North Northumberland Dunes 2836 England, United Kingdom  
North Pembrokeshire Woodlands/ Coedydd Gogledd Sir Benfro 780 Wales, United Kingdom  
North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro 615 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Preseli 6686 Wales, United Kingdom  
Rhos Llawr-cwrt 114 Wales, United Kingdom  
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
South Devon Shore Dock 843 England, United Kingdom  
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
Witherslack Mosses 1202 England, United Kingdom
Y Twyni o Abermenai i Aberffraw/ Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes 4623 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Aristolochia jackii (Virginia dutchmanspipe)[1]
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)[1]
Marmota monax (woodchuck)[1]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[1]
Sylvilagus floridanus[1]
Vulpes vulpes[1]
Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Apis mellifera (honey bee)1
Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug)1
Phragmatobia fuliginosa (ruby tiger moth)1


Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[1]
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)[1]
Argiope aurantia (black-and-yellow argiope)[1]
Cicindela sexguttata (Six-spotted Tiger Beetle)[1]
Dolichovespula maculata (baldfaced hornet)[1]
Dolomedes triton (Six-spottedfishingspider)[1]
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)[1]
Ischnura posita (Fragile forktail)[1]
Libellula lydia (Common whitetail)[1]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[1]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[1]
Lithobius forficatus (Brown centipede)[1]
Micrathena gracilis (Spined micrathena)[1]
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)[1]
Phidippus audax (Daring Jumping Spider)[1]
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)[1]
Pterostichus melanarius (Common black ground beetle)[1]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[1]
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren)[1]
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)[1]


Parasite of 
Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern Cottontail)[1]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[1]
Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)[1]


Pollinator of 
Aristolochia jackii (Virginia dutchmanspipe)[1]
Bellis annua[2]
Comandra umbellata (bastard toadflax)[3]
Crataegus mollis (Downy Hawthorn)[3]
Fritillaria graeca[2]
Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)[2]
Prunus virginiana var. demissa (Western chokecherry)[2]
Sisymbrium orientale (Oriental Sisymbrium)[2]
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (narrowleaf blue-eyed grass)[2]
Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)[1]
Thymelaea hirsuta[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Zoological Society of London


Alaska toGreenland, s. to Mexico and Virginia, Hawaii, s.Africa;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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