Calliphora vicina  Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Diptera / Calliphoridae
Blue bottle     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
These flies are important in the field of forensic entomology. C. vicina is currently one of the most entomologically important fly species because of its consistent time of arrival and colonization of the body following death. Due to this property, the level of colonisation in a dead person is equivalent to the time it died if ecxposed to these flies. C. vicina is known as a blue bottle fly because of the metallic blue-gray coloration of its thorax and abdomen. It is distinguished from the commonly known C. vomitoria by its bright orange cheeks.

The blue bottle fly is approximately 10–11 mm in length. C. vicina are most abundant in early spring and fall where the temperatures are around13-24?C. The species predominates in Europe and the New World, but has found its way into other countries via harbors and airports, for example, it was first recorded in South Africa in 1965.

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