Genus: Calliphora Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
Subgenus: Calliphora Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
Species: vicina Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
The first-, second- and third-instar larvae were described by Erzinçlioglu (1984) and Liu and Greenberg (1989). Wallman (2001) described the third-instar larva. The egg and puparium were described by Liu and Greenberg (1989).
Calliphora vicina is a cosmopolitan species found in many parts of the world, and occurs as an exotic in Australia and New Zealand. It prefers cold areas and is synanthropic (Wallman 2001). It is oviparous and plays a minor role in sheep strike in Australia, while also being of major forensic importance in Europe and southern Australian cities, such as Adelaide and Melbourne.
In Australia, Calliphora vicina occurs in all south-eastern states, including the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. It is common in Adelaide and Melbourne, and uncommon in Sydney. Sydney probably represents the northern limit of its Australian distribution.
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