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Description:This illustration depicts a dorsal view of the “Blue bottle” blowfly, Calliphora vicina, a member of the family Calliphoridae.
In the field forensic entomology, this fly has become an important contributor in the determination of what is known as the post-mortem interval (PMI), which is the amount of time passed after a person has died, for they normally colonize decaying tissues in the winter, colder months than the warmer, summer months.

This fly is a member of the phylum Arthropoda, and the class, Insecta, adult C. vicina have 3 body divisions, a head, which has one pair of antennae, or "feelers", a thorax, which gives rise to three pairs of jointed legs, one pair of flight wings, and a pair of modified wings used to stabilize the fly known as halteres, and an abdomen, which usually has no obvious appendages.

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