Living With Early Pollinators

Blue Bottle Fly

Blue Bottle Fly

Blue bottle flies, Calliphora vomitoria, are active as soon as temperatures warm in the spring. They visit early spring flowers feeding on nectar. Blue bottle flies can be effective pollinators. Note the pollen attached to the hairs of the fly visiting a boxwood shrub.

Blue bottle flies lay their eggs on the carcasses of dead animals, which can be found at any time of the year. Larval development occurs only at temperatures above 50 F.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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