Sarcophagidae

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male Sarcophaga sp.(click on image to enlarge it)
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Sarcophagidae - (flesh flies)

The family of flesh flies contains around 2,500 species that breed mainly in carcasses or other organic matter. Typically they do not lay eggs but deposit a live larva on the breeding substrate. Some species are beneficial parasitoids of pest insects. Others deposit larvae in wounds of domestic animals, sometimes also humans. They cause traumatic myiasis and are of medical and veterinary importance. Wohlfahrtia magnifica and Sarcophaga peregrina are examples of such pest species. The former attacks mainly sheep.

The adults are typically between 10-15 mm long with a greyish colouration and dark longitudinal stripes on the pronotum. They feed on liquids like nectar.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.


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