Metallic, green, blue, or black body; big, red compound eyes; black cross-grooves on abdomen.
The first insect to detect and gather around dead animals. Females lay rice-like eggs in decaying flesh. Hatched larvae feed on the flesh and then burrow into damp soil before emerging as adults. Forensic science uses the predictable life-cycle of blow fly larvae to determine the age of corpses.
Feeds on both the decaying flesh of dead animals and on nectar. Larvae are scavengers that feed on decaying flesh and dung, and occasionally used to feed on infected human wounds.
Common in warm areas with damp soil such as the river valleys of western Jordan.