|Bottle fly on the deck - REK|
|A few hours after laying out a dead rat - REK|
|L. sericata on a dead wood rat - note larva behind wing- REK|
Life is not easy for a young maggot. The competition for a dead body can be fierce. When the larva isn't providing extra protein for scavengers such as vultures and coyotes, it is vulnerable to mites that are carried to the body by carrion beetles, thus eliminating competition to the beetles' larvae. If it survives through the third instar, it will then crawl off into the soil to pupate. I assume that if it is in a closed room with a tile floor it is out of luck.
|Green Bottle Fly on a toothpick - REK|
|L. sericata larvae - Joseph Berger CC|
So what is not to love about Green Bottle Flies? They return dead animals to the soil, clean wounds and pollinate our vegetables. Just forget what I said about kale.
More Green Bottle Fly details are here.