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Flesh Flies, Root-maggot Flies, House Flies

Here we deal with 4 families on one page. And that does have a reason. These three groups may include the best known flies, such as the Bluebottle and the Green Bottle and the House Fly, but usually there are more species hidden behind the ones we think we know. And that is not all. Root-maggot Flies and House Flies actually are two separate families. But the difference between the two families is so subtle, that often you can't tell from a photograph to which family a given fly belongs. I will try to keep things simple here, but always read the extra text on the page about the species for further information.

The four families on this page are: the Fleshflies, Sarcophagidae and the Blowflies, Calliphoridae which were treated as one family in the past. The third family is called House Flies, or True Flies Muscidae, including our infamous House Fly. The last family is comprised of all kinds of flies, often not really looking like one another and called Root-maggot Flies Anthomyiidae. At times it may be extremely hard to tell a Root-maggot Fly apart from a House Fly.


photograph Calliphora vicina
Bluebottle Calliphora vicina

The Bluebottle is a noisy animal, once indoors. More...


Family: Blowflies (Calliphoridae)


photograph Lucilia sp
Greenbottle Lucilia sp

When you say Greenbottle quite a number of fly species may respond. More...


Family: Blowflies (Calliphoridae)


photograph Bellardia sp
Bellardia species Bellardia sp

The Bellardia species are among the Emerald Bottles, but that is only half of the truth. More...


Family: Blowflies (Calliphoridae)


photograph Pollenia sp
Pollenia species Pollenia sp

Some Pollenia species overwinter in attics or garages in great numbers and belong to the so-called Cluster Flies. More...


Family: Blowflies (Calliphoridae)


photograph Sarcophaga sp
Grey Fleshfly Sarcophaga sp

Easily identified by the chess board markings on their abdomen: the Grey Fleshflies. More...


Family: Fleshflies (Sarcophagidae)


photograph Metopia sp
Metopia species, female Metopia sp

Metopia species are true thieves. The females have large silvry patches on the body and a long silvry snout. More...


Family: Fleshflies (Sarcophagidae)


photograph Metopia sp
Metopia species, male Metopia sp

The males of the Metopia species are black and show some small silvry patches only. Their nose is not protruding. More...


Family: Fleshflies (Sarcophagidae)


photograph Mesembrina meridiana
Mid-day Fly Mesembrina meridiana

The Mid-day Fly is a shiny black fly with a striking orange face. The wings are partly orange too, and so are the feet. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Mydaea scutellaris
Mydaea corni

The larvae of Mydaea corni live in certain toadstools. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Tiger Fly
Tiger Fly Coenosia tigrina

After pupation a new born fly has to blow up its wings. This Tiger Fly failed partially. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Autumn House Fly
Autumn House Fly Musca autumnalis

The Autumn House Fly is on the wing not only in autumn, but in summer as well. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Stable Fly
Stable Fly Stomoxys calcitrans

The Stable Fly is a real pain in the ankle. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Thricops diaphanus
Thricops diaphanus

Thricops diaphanus is a striking all orange relative of the common House Fly. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Phaonia rufiventris
Phaonia rufiventris

Phaonia rufiventris is a common species in woodlands. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Phaonia tuguriorum
Phaonia tuguriorum

To identify Phaonia tuguriorum you need an expert. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Phaonia fuscata
Phaonia fuscata

Phaonia fuscata has some veins accentuated. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Graphomyia maculata
Graphomyia maculata male

Graphomyia maculata is a clourful fly, but could have a look-a-like. The male is rather dark. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Graphomyia maculata
Graphomyia maculata

The female of Graphomyia maculata is a striking fly in black and white. More...


Family: House Flies (Muscidae)


photograph Anthomyia procellaris
Anthomyia procellaris

The food source of the larvae of this Anthomyia procellaris is still unknown. More...


Family: Root Maggot Flies (Anthomyiidae)


photograph Hydrophoria lancifer
Hydrophoria lancifer

Hydrophoria lancifer really does love dung. More...


Family: Root Maggot Flies (Anthomyiidae)


photograph Mycophaga testacea
Mycophaga testacea

We could find very little on this Mycophaga testacea. More...


Family: Root Maggot Flies (Anthomyiidae)


photograph Cabbage Root Fly
Cabbage Root Fly Delia radicum

The Cabbage Root Fly loves cabbage, turnip, swede and radish. More...


Family: Root Maggot Flies (Anthomyiidae)


photograph Delia species
Delia species Delia sp

This Delia species apparently was on a diet for a long, long time. More...


Family: Root Maggot Flies (Anthomyiidae)


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