Sarcophaga carnaria

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Common flesh fly
Sarcophaga carnaria, Marford Quarry, North Wales, May 2012 (17167424630).jpg
Sarcophaga carnaria (Reynaldo).jpg
lateral and dorsal aspects
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Sarcophagidae
Subfamily: Sarcophaginae
Genus: Sarcophaga
Subgenus: Sarcophaga
Species: S. carnaria
Binomial name
Sarcophaga carnaria
  • Musca carnaria Linnaeus, 1758,
  • Sarcophaga schulzi Müller, 1922
  • Sarcophaga vulgaris Rohdendorf, 1937
  • Sarcophaga dolosa Lehrer, 1967[1]

Sarcophaga carnaria or the common flesh fly is a European species of flesh flies.[1]


Only males can be identified with certainty, and then only by examining genitalia.[1]


Larvae mostly feed on earthworms. Adults are attracted to rotting meat and faeces.[1]


European, from the U.K. and southern Europe, east to the Altai mountains and north to the Kola Peninsula.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pape, Thomas (1987). The Sarcophagidae (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark (Print). Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica. 19. Leiden: E..J Brill. pp. 1–203. ISBN 90-04-08184-4.