Animal Species:Australian Sheep Blowfly

The Australian Sheep Blowfly is an introduced pest.

Australian Sheep Blowfly

R. Major  © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Australian Sheep Blowfly

Size range

6-9 mm

Distribution

The Australian Sheep Blowfly is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Australian Sheep Blowfly lives in urban areas, semi-arid environments, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

The larvae of the Australian Sheep Blowfly normally feed on carcasses of dead animals but will also cause fly-strike in sheep. Fly-strike occurs when maggots feed on living flesh near open wounds, and is one of the most significant problems for the pastoral industry in Australia.

 

Life cycle

Adult Australian Sheep Blowflys are attracted to meat or living flesh and, like many blowflies (family Calliphoridae), they lay maggots rather than eggs. This means their full life cycle can sometimes be completed within seven days.

Classification

Species:
cuprina
Genus:
Lucilia
Family:
Calliphoridae
Superfamily:
Oestroidea
Order:
Diptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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