Green Bottle Fly
(Lucilia sericata)

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The Green bottle fly is actually a blowfly, member of the family Calliphoridae. Common throughout the UK. Can be found eating on fruit, dead animals, rubbish areas. The larvae can help determine a time of death in police forensic investigations.

Metallic green/blue colours, also black markings
8-15mm long



Female can lay 2000-3,000 eggs in a lifetime, Will lay 200-300 at a time
Eggs will hatch with 4 days depending on temperature


Will feed on any wet rubbish from bins, as well as decaying meat


Green bottle fly can be found around decaying meat, bins, animal faeces. Will gain entry to your home through open windows and doors.

Reasons for control


Food safety:

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

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