Blowfly, Calliphora sp., emerging from a pupa

Blowfly, Calliphora sp., emerging from a pupa

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Blowfly metamorphosis. Macrophotograph of an adult blowfly Calliphora erythrocephala emerging from a pupa. The pupal case can be seen at bottom. The head of the fly reveals a large compound eye and a proboscis (yellow, in the neck region). The legs are folded against the body. Blowfly metamorphosis begins with eggs laid on a food source, such as rotting vegetation, dung piles, exposed food and corpses. Eggs hatch into the larval maggot within a day, and the maggots pupate in 3-4 days; from pupa to emergence of the adult fly takes 3-5 days. The adult, also known as a bluebottle fly, lives some 2 months and is considered a domestic pest.

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Keywords: animal, blowfly, blowfly metamorphosis, bluebottle metamorphosis, calliphora erythrocephala, fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, metamorphosis, nature, pupa, wildlife, zoology

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