Nymph of the blowfly, Calliphora erythrocephala

Nymph of the blowfly, Calliphora erythrocephala

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Blowfly nymph. Macrophotograph of a nymph of the blowfly Calliphora erythrocephala, removed from its protective pupa case. At top is the developing head of the fly with its compound eyes (brown), limbs forming (at centre, black), and its abdomen at bottom. Metamorphosis of the blowfly begins with eggs laid on a food source, such as rotting vegetation or animal flesh. Eggs hatch into the white 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 nymph, bluebottle nymph, calliphora erythrocephala, fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, metamorphosis, nature, nymph, pupa, wildlife, zoology

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