Identification of Calliphoridae to Species


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1a. Basal section of wing vein R with long, thin setae on posterodorsal surface (Fig. 1)


1b. Basal section of wing vein R bare (Fig. 2)




Fig. 1

Fig. 2


2a. Gena yellow or orange, with mostly yellow hair; anterior spiracle pale (Fig. 3)

Cochliomyia macellaria

2b. Gena not yellow or orange; anterior spiracle mostly orange yellow (Fig. 4)

Phormia regina



Fig. 3

Fig. 4


3a. Bright curly yellow setae on sides of pleuron (Fig. 5)

Pollenia species

3b. No bright curly yellow setae (Fig. 6)




Fig. 5

Fig. 6


4a. Lower calypter haired (Fig. 7); wing vein R5 ventrally bare beyond node (Fig. 8); thorax dull, pruinose (Fig. 9); abdomen shining, usually metallic blue (Fig. 10)


4b. Lower calypter bare (Fig. 11); wing vein R5 ventrally haired beyond node (Fig. 12); thorax and abdomen both shining, usually metallic green (Fig. 13 & 14)





Fig. 7

Fig. 11


Fig. 8

Fig. 12


5a. Bucca reddish on anterior half or more (Fig. 15); basicosta yellow to yellow orange (Fig. 16)

Calliphora vicina

5b. Bucca entirely black (Fig. 17) ; basicosta black (Fig. 18)

Calliphora vomitoria




Fig. 16

Fig. 18


6a. Subcostal sclerite with conspicuous black hairs on apical half of ventral base of wing (Fig. 19)

Lucilia illustris

6b. Subcostal sclerite with micropubescence only on apical half of ventral base of wing (Fig. 20)




Fig. 19

Fig 20


7a. Basicosta black (Fig. 21), Palpus brown (darker at tip) (Fig. 22)

Bufolucilia silvarum

7b. Basicosta pale (Fig. 23); Palpus orange yellow (Fig. 24)




Fig. 21

Fig. 23


Fig. 22

Fig. 24


8a. Two pairs of postacrostichal bristles (Fig. 25)

Phaenicia coeruleiviridis

8b. Three pairs of postacrostichal bristles (Fig. 26)

Phaenicia sericata



Fig. 25

Fig. 26


**No Cochliomyia macellaria, Calliphora vicina, Calliphora vomitoria were

collected on or reared from the chicken**



Fly Anatomy

Characteristics of Calyptrate Diptera

Identification Key to Calyptrate Diptera Families