BLUE BOTTLE FLY LARVA© wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
The blue bottle fly is a blow fly and is common around the world. The females lay their eggs on decaying meat, garbage or faeces and when the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on that. After that healthy diet they become mature larvae, then burrow into soil and wrap in cocoons to hibernate through the winter until spring, when they break out as blue bottle flies. It's no wonder, considering their diet in their worm-state, that bluebottle flies are attracted to flowers with strong odors.

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