Australian Sheep Blowfly
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Primary Green Blowfly
Adult blowflies are attracted to meat or living flesh where they lay maggots rather than eggs. Their full life cycle can be completed in as few as 7 days. Maggots laid in late autumn do not pupate until the following spring. There is a high death rate among overwintering maggots so blowflies need to breed up each spring and summer from a small surviving population.
Shiny green body.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
If blowfly maggots feed on living flesh near open wounds, they can cause fly-strike, a major problem for sheep farmers in Australia.
Carnivore and carrion feeder. The larvae mainly feed on decaying animal tissue but can feed on living flesh near open wounds.
Found in urban areas, semi-arid environments, forest, heath, grasslands, forests, wetlands, woodlands and gardens.
Native to Australia