Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Food of the New Zealand blue blowfly maggot

Blow fly maggots usually feed and grow on carrion (decaying dead animals).
  • Maggots of the native New Zealand blue blowfly (Calliphora quadrimaculata) living on mountain tops are unusual in that they may develop normally without feeding on carrion.
  • Their food can be the wet layer of fermenting leaf sheaths of snow tussock grasses!