Animal Species:Australian Sheep Blowfly
The Australian Sheep Blowfly is an introduced pest.
Standard Common Name
Australian Sheep Blowfly
The Australian Sheep Blowfly is found throughout Australia.
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.
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.