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flesh fly

n.
Any of various flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in animal tissue or feed on carrion.

flesh fly

n
(Animals) any dipterous fly of the genus Sarcophaga, esp S. carnaria, whose larvae feed on carrion or the tissues of living animals: family Calliphoridae

flesh′ fly`


n.
any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in the flesh of animals.
[1275–1325]
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Noun1.flesh fly - fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
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There were also 45 flesh flies, Fletcherimyia spp, in the harvested leaves; flesh flies are not prey but instead use the pitcher plant leaves as an aquatic habitat for their larvae (Miller and Kneitel, 2005).
More recent reports suggest that Ignatzschineria is not exclusively associated with Wohlfahrtia species and may be transmitted by other flesh flies as well [2].
Flesh flies prefer to stay in farms because they breed on animal excrements while O.
New flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) from coastal mangroves of Panama with taxonomic notes and keys.
Flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) are typically saprophagous and frequently found associated to ephemeral resources, like carrion and faeces (Ives 1991, Mendes and Linhares 1993).
There are now about ten different kinds, including blue bottles, marble grey and even the flesh flies.
During the summer months we are confronted by a plague of flies which lay eggs on sheep; the green bottle fly, blue bottle, common blow fly, and a deluge of other flesh flies. They are, mercifully, the main diet of our similarly great numbers of small birds who prey on them.
The Sarcophagidae flies, are more commonly known as flesh flies, but this is partly a misnomer because only the larval stages of some of these flies are actually scavengers of decaying animals or parasitic on vertebrates.