Bluebottle Fly Calliphora vomitoria

Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
The Bluebottle is a type of blowfly, the female laying her eggs in decomposing matter, especially meat, which the larvae (maggots) eat. The metallic blue abdomen gives the common name.
Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
A large fly - size comparison with worker wasp and Greenbottle above, eating pear (adults eat nectar). The term "Blowfly" comes from meat being "fly blown" with eggs or maggots.
Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
Bluebottle Fly
The blue abdomen isn't always apparent, sometimes it can look black - it depends on the light and the angle.