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Common Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga carnaria)

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Within Sarcophaga there are a few species that do look like another very much. They can only be told apart after microscopic investigations. We don't do that kind of stuff, for it would involve killing the animal. It is for this reason we do warn you: it is not fully certain that the depicted flies on this page actually are Sarcophaga carnaria. They could be of one or more of the look a likes.

Nowadays we know that the larvae of the Common Flesh Fly eat other larvae in decaying flesh, not the flesh itself.

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