Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Order: Diptera
Family: Calliphoridae

Size range

  • 10–15 mm long


  • Native and introduced species

Life History

  • Maggots are the immature stages of blowflies
  • Pests on farms. Larvae normally found on carrion. Some species strike sheep by burrowing through the skin to live tissue
  • In houses, food, especially meat, left exposed in summer is likely to be infested with blowfly eggs that quickly develop into larvae

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