Pest Guides

Bluebottle

Bluebottle

Appearance

Bluebottle or Blowfly (Calliphora vomitoria)
  • Adult — 6–12mm in length; metallic blue colour.
  • Larva — Similar to the house fly larva in all respects except size. 18 mm when mature.

Lifecycle

  • Eggs hatch 0 – 18 hrs (partial development may occur within the female).
  • Larvae take 7 – 12 days to mature.

Habits

  • Breeds in mostly meat derived substances, sometimes cheese.
  • Common pest of dead rodents/birds etc.