Head of the gray flesh fly, Sarcophaga carnaria

Head of the gray flesh fly, Sarcophaga carnaria

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Head of a flesh fly. Macrophotograph of the head of the gray flesh fly Sarcophaga carnaria, seen in side view. At top is a large compound eye (red) made up of many facets (ommatidia) which together are sensitive in detecting movement. There are a pair of antennae (at right, partly out of focus); the proboscis mouthpart (at lower frame) is designed like a suction tube for feeding. Hairs or setae cover the fly's head and tip of the proboscis, and these may be sensitive to touch. Sarcophaga carnaria is closely related to the bluebottle fly and like them is a domestic pest.

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Keywords: animal, compound eye, flesh, flesh fly, fleshfly, fly, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, proboscis, sarcophaga carnaria, wildlife, zoology

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