The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

European Green Blowfly

Afrikaans name:

European Green Blowfly

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Lucilia sericata

The European Green Blowfly reaches a length of around 12 mm. It is metallic green in colour with a bronze sheen.

This fly is a pest and has a reputation for biting sheep. They burrow under the skin and the wound attracts more flies.

The European Green Blowfly can be found over most of South Africa but it can be particularly common in the Western Cape during summer.

References and further reading

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 152

Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 321

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 304

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