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Calliphoridae - Lucilia ampullacea ?
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Posted on 21-10-2018 18:39

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I observed this morning this diptera on the body of a duck, I think of female of a Lucilia but I hesitate with a Lucilia ampullacea and Lucilia caesar ? Is it possible to identify it or I must stay at Lucilia sp ?

Cordially maxime
Edited by maxi6215 on 21-10-2018 18:41
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Posted on 22-10-2018 00:11
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Even with pin sharp macrophotographs it is hardly possible to identify females ofLucilia. The key by Steven Falk (https://quelestce...132016.pdf) tells us nicely what to see - and what your photos sadly don't show... If we were at least able to estimate the length of the 3rd antennal segment that is said to be 3-4 times as long as wide in L. ampullacea and about 2.5 times in L. caesar, but alas, no chance. So it might be the frequent L. caesar, but this is just a guess.
Regards, Sundew
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Posted on 22-10-2018 15:54

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Thank you very much, it's wiser that I stay at Lucilia sp..
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Posted on 22-10-2018 16:18
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Lucilia cf caesar is a fine guess and i will bet that it is correct.
Lucilia sp. is a bit pretentious. I am confident that it is not Lucilia ampullacea.

vide Blowflies of Fennoscandia and Denmark by Dr. Knut Rognes

Best wishes,
John and Nini. Naturalists not experts.
currently injured. healing from surgery.
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Posted on 22-10-2018 17:24

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Thank you very much for your opinion !!!
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