Image: Eastern Golden Haired Blowfly

Eastern Golden Haired Blowfly

Eastern Golden Haired Blowfly, Calliphora stygia - Corpse Fauna

Richard Major
© Australian Museum


Calliphora stygia is a large brown blowfly that is common and annoying in houses, and features regularly in insecticide commercials. It is one of the earliest flies to visit a corpse and will also feed on living sheep provided that Lucilia cuprina has invaded the sheep's tissues first. Unlike Lucilia, this species of blowfly is present throughout the year, and is able to exploit corpses during the cold months.

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