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CALLIPHORIDAE (blow-flies, blue-bottles, green bottles)

Further Information

Genitalia preps - female Remove abdomen. Boil in 10% KOH for a few minutes and leave to cool.

Wash in water. Gently press with needle to remove macerated contents. Use forceps to remove trachea. Split abdomen with fine forceps introduced through the hole at the thorax junction. Wash in water and remove any more trachea.

Push the ovipositor out by inserting one point of the forceps, and break it free of the abdomen. Remove the abdomen. Cut along the interstitial membrane with a scalpel by running the blade against the forceps. Again, remove trachea.

Wash in water and open out in thin film of water with forceps and a mounted needle. Remove excess water and add a drop of lactophenol. Chase air bubbles away with a needle and manipulate to mix lactophenol with remaining water. Check ovipositor is fully splayed out. Add a coverslip and examine.

(See photos of Luculia caesar ovipositor - 3 June 11)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Taxon Summary # images # photos Date Vice-county Country
Calliphoridae? Imago 5 5 27 Aug 2007 Mid-west Yorkshire England

Subtaxa

Rank Taxon #subtaxa #photos #macrophotos #microphotos #refs
Genus Bellardia (a genus of green bottles) 1   23 2  
Genus Calliphora (blue bottles) 2        
Species Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (a blue bottle)   18 30   1
Species Calliphora vomitoria (Linnaeus, 1758) (a blue bottle)     26    
Species Cynomya mortuorum (Linnaeus) (Dead Dog Fly)   7      
Genus Lucilia (a genus of green bottles and toadflies) 1 4 65 10  
Genus Pollenia (cluster flies) 4 27 79 3  

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Erzinçlioglu, Z., 1996 Blowflies
Falk, S.J., in prep. Test key to British Calliphoridae
Rognes, K., 1991 The Blowflies (Diptera, Calliphoridae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark
van Emden, F.I.,, 1954 Diptera: Cyclorrhapha Calyptrata (I) Sect (a) Tachinidae and Calliphoridae

BioInfo BioInfo (www.bioinfo.org.uk) has 2 general literature references to CALLIPHORIDAE (blow-flies, blue-bottles, green bottles)

CALLIPHORIDAE may also be covered by literature listed under:

BIOTA
(living things)
Eukaryota
(eukaryotes)
ANIMALIA
(animals)
ARTHROPODA
(arthropods)
INSECTA
(insects)
DIPTERA
(two-winged flies)

BioInfo BioInfo (www.bioinfo.org.uk) has 41 feeding and other relationships of CALLIPHORIDAE (blow-flies, blue-bottles, green bottles)

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