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CALLIPHORIDAE (blowflies, bluebottles, green bottles)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Family)

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Erzinçlioglu, Z., 1996 Blowflies
Diptera (flies): Diptera (flies)
Falk, S., in prep. British blowflies (Calliphoridae) and woodlouse flies (Rhinophoridae)
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

Forensic species

Key for identification of European and Mediterranean blowflies (Diptera, Calliphoridae) of forensic importance: adult flies: Key for identification of European and Mediterranean blowflies (Diptera, Calliphoridae) of forensic importance: adult flies

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 5 general literature references to CALLIPHORIDAE (blowflies, bluebottles, green bottles)

CALLIPHORIDAE may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(two-winged flies)
(short-horned flies)
(hover, scuttle, acalypterate, dung, house & parasitoid flies, blue/green bottles)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 41 feeding and other relationships of CALLIPHORIDAE (blowflies, bluebottles, 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 a 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. (Warm to remove any remaining air bubbles if necessary.)

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