Flesh Fly - Family Sarcophagidae

This page contains pictures and information about Flesh Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

There are many species in this family look similar. Larvae develop in carrion or dung. The adult flies are usually black in colour with grey longitudinal stripes on thorax, with bright red eyes.. They are very close to the Blowfly family but none of them are in metallic colour.

The Flesh Fly females are viviparous, producing live maggots directly onto their food source. They are either breed in rotting vegetation, carrion, decomposing organic matter or parasites of other insects. 

Grey-Striped Fly
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Sarcophaga aurifrons, body length 12mm
This Flesh flies have three black stripes on the top of their thorax. They have large pair of orange eyes. They are commonly seen in Brisbane backyards.
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Last updated: January 09, 2005.