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Insect: Regal Blowfly

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annie R
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Insect: Regal Blowfly

Unread postby annie R » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:12 am

Can anyone help in identifying the large fly that buzzes around on the flowers of the Euphorbia candelabra in the parking lot outside the reception/office complex at Satara? It's about 3-4 times bigger than a normal fly, has an electric blue irridescent body and a orangey-red 'face'. If anyone thinks they know and needs a photo to confirm, let me have your email address and I can send you one. Thanks

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Re: large blue fly at satara?

Unread postby moggiedog » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:55 pm

Hi annie R

Is it not perhaps the blue bottle fly. Have a look at this link - or if you can e-mail me the pic i will try and see what I can do for you.

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annie R
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Re: large blue fly at satara?

Unread postby annie R » Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:00 pm

yup, I think that's him. Although he's even more bright and beautiful than your link shows. Thanks so much moggiedog!

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Re: large blue fly at satara?

Unread postby ross hawkins » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:47 pm

Hi Annie R

Take a look @ Bromophila caffra

They large blue flies, with a very bright red head.
Did your flies seem to almost fly in very slow motion compared to other fly species?

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Re: large blue fly at satara?

Unread postby annie R » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:03 am

No, Ross, that's definitely not it. If anyone has the January issue of Getaway magazine, look at the bottom of page 77 you'll see the little guy I'm talking about, although this doesn't really show what an irridescent turquoise his body is.

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Re: large blue fly at satara?

Unread postby annie R » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:24 am

Thanks to clever ross hawkins, my fly has been identified as a Regal Blowfly (Chrysomya marginalis). A very handsome fellow indeed. Thanks, ross!
Anyone who is interested can see a photo at http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/pho ... imit=last7


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