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Calliphora vomitoria (Blue bottle fly)


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.
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Protected Areas


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

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



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


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Zoological Society of London


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

External References



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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