Calliphoridae (parasitoids)

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Verticia fasciventris larva emerging from Macrotermes carbonarius soldier (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Kok-Boon Neoh and Chow-Yang Lee
Source: Journal of Insect Science, 2011, 11 (47)

Calliphoridae - (blowflies, parasitoids and predators)

This family contains more than 1,000 species of mainly saprophagous flies. They typically breed in dung, other decaying organic matter and carrion. Most fly larvae found in dung will belong to this family. Some species are important veterinary pests. However, the family also includes some parasitoids and predators which are treated here.

Typically, the adult flies have a shiny, metallic colour of green, blue or black. The distinguishing morphological characters of the family are the wing venation, the structure of the antenna and a row of bristles on the meron (a part of the thorax above and between the middle and hind coxae).

This page deals only with parasitoids and predators in the family Calliphoridae. For the other groups see:

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: