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Posted on 06-01-2006 09:03

Location: Rome, Italy
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When flying, it seemed the usual Calliphora vomitaria, but when I looked closer, the colour didn't seem bright enough and there was a marked chequer pattern on the abdomen. I do think it is a Calliphoridae though.
Rome, Italy - 7 mm

Thanks, Sarah
Edited by lynkos on 06-01-2006 09:19
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Posted on 06-01-2006 17:49

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Here's another slightly better photo.

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Posted on 06-01-2006 20:59

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Hi Sarah

No doubt Calliphora.
I'm not sure if C. vomitoria is your 'usual' Calliphora.
C. erythrocephala is probably much more common.
An expert should be able to tell the difference from your pictures

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Posted on 06-01-2006 22:02

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Getting to genus is a major triumph Shock. Thanks Theo, Sarah
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Posted on 07-01-2006 21:21

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Hi Sarah

Vomitoria has black jowls with red hairs on it, whereas erythrocephala
(by the way: more proper name vicina ?) has reddish jowls with black hairs.
So to me it is erythrocephala, in Central Europe by far the most common species of Calliphora.

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Posted on 08-01-2006 07:27

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Thanks Theo, sounds convincing to me. Sarah
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