June 23, 2010
We left the front and back doors open for more than an hour this morning and found we had let two large flies into the house. We trapped one in a drinking glass and took it outside before eating lunch. Later in the afternoon we took some photos.
We quickly identified this Flesh Fly in the subfamily Sarcophaginae on BugGuide. According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin: “Flesh flies have rather broad pads on the feet; males of many species have a red-tipped abdomen.” Our specimen has a red tipped abdomen indicating he is a male. Hogue also indicates: “Most of the members of this family are wild flies, but many species accidentally enter dwellings that are near their breeding sites. The larvae live in fish and animal carcasses and other decomposing organic matter, particularly discarded meat.” After taking photos inside the glass, we released the Flesh Fly who stuck around long enough to have a nice photo taken on the outside rim of the glass.
Mt. Washington, Los Angeles, CA