flesh fly

flesh fly
any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals.
[1275-1325; ME]

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insect
 any member of a family of insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are similar in appearance to the house fly but are characterized by blackish stripes on the gray thorax (region behind the head) and a checkered pattern of light and dark gray on the abdomen. Most flesh flies are tropical, although the family is generally widespread. Many species are scavengers, with the larvae developing on either open wounds or carrion. Depending on the species, the female deposits live larvae or eggs.

      Other members are insect parasites. One of the best-known species (Sarcophaga kelly) is a grasshopper parasite. The female deposits larvae, or maggots, on the underside of a grasshopper's wings. The maggots burrow into, and feed on, its internal organs, and when fully developed they exit the grasshopper and enter the pupal stage in the soil. Other species deposit eggs in wasp or bee nests. Another Sarcophaga species develops in the pitcher plant. The large gray fly, Wohlfahrtia vigil, found in the cooler regions of North America, is usually a mammal parasite and may deposit its young on the skin of infants.

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