Green Bottle Flies at Dusk

Green Bottle Fly

Green Bottle Fly

Green bottle flies, Lucilia sericata, lay eggs and dead animals. These flies are often the first decomposer to arrive on a carcass. The fly larvae are important ecosystem decomposers that consume the carcass.

Blow flies only fly when there is sufficient light. Where do they spend the night? Adult blow flies feed on nectar from a variety of flowers including mint. This group of blow flies was photographed on mint just before dark. Roosting next to a nectar source allows the flies to get a nectar energy drink in the morning before flying off for the day.

About jjneal

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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