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More Bizarre Bugs ─ Creepy Crawlies No: #5: Blue Bottle Fly Maggot

This bizarre-looking creature is actually the baby of a very common insect ─ the Blue Bottle Fly.  The magnified pictures were taken by freedawn.co.uk/scientia in a story called The Superbugs.

Magnified tens of thousands of times, details not seen by the human eye are revealed with stunning clarity. And there you have it ─ the maggot of a Blue Bottle Fly.

 

The Blue Bottle Fly (Pic from rosepestcontrol)
The Blue Bottle Fly (Pic from rosepestcontrol).

 

Interestingly, the Blue Bottle Fly is also known scientifically as the Calliphora Vomitoria. Yeah, they feed on vomit, feces, decaying meat, carcasses, road kill and garbage. Anything smelly.

A female Blue Bottle Fly will lay her eggs where she feeds, usually on putrid stuff. Larvae, commonly called maggots such as the fella seen above and below, soon hatch from the eggs and immediately begin feeding on the decomposing matter where they were hatched. After a few days of feeding, they are fully grown. And they fly off as the next generation of Blue Bottle Flies.

Blue Bottle Flies also feed on nectar, by the way. They are also pollinators to some flowers with strong odour.

 

Here is the fuller baby picture of the Blue Bottle Fly. (Featured image and this image from freedawn).
Here is the fuller baby picture of the Blue Bottle Fly. (Featured image and this image from freedawn).

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