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Calliphora

(kă-lif'ō-ră),
A genus of blowflies (family Calliphoridae, order Diptera), the bluebottle flies, the larvae of which feed on dead flesh. Calliphora vomitoria and Calliphora vicina are common species in the U.S.
[G. kalli, beauty, + phoros, bearing]

blowfly

(blō′flī′)
n.
Any of various flies of the family Calliphoridae that have a metallic blue, green, or black body and deposit their eggs in carcasses or carrion or in open sores and wounds.

blowfly

A fly of the family Calliphoridae that deposits its eggs in wounds or open sores. A few days later the area is infected with maggots, but these remove dead tissue and do little harm.
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Ms Crowther added of the visit by the vet and animal welfare officer: "One animal appeared to be biting itself, they could see the animal had suffered a blowfly strike in its rump and hind leg."
Swansea Magistrates Court heard one of Caiach's flock was infested with maggots after a "blowfly strike" and another was lame.
'Areas that get any rainfall towards the end of the month should be on red alert for blowfly strike,' Professor Richard Wall of the University of Bristol warned.
That's the warning from the predictive blowfly strike website www.strikewise.com - sponsored by Coopers Ectoforce Sheep Dip.
THE first sheep blowfly strikes are expected any time now, say experts.
Although it usually feeds on dead or necrotic tissue, it can invade healthy tissue and is the cause of sheep blowfly strike (i.e., cutaneous myiasis) in otherwise healthy livestock.
Despite its importance in forensic and veterinary this blow fly once they are in significant numbers they become a nuisance in the community and even threaten animal production because they are transmitters of disease.In fact in other countries, it has been reported that over 80 per cent of UK sheep flocks are affected by blowfly strike annually.