Common flesh fly (Sarcophaga carnaria)
Availability: Flesh flies are
available now. Contact Liz (email@example.com)
to schedule a pickup time (right after class is convenient). We will
provide you with several maggots. They will come in a small plastic
container with just enough food to get them home, so make sure your
container is set up and ready to go BEFORE you pick them up.
Housing: Larvae can be reared
in a shallow tray partially filled with thinly sliced liver.
Place the tray in a warm, dark, humid room. Maintain a high
humidity in the room so the development tray does not become dry.
Larvae will burrow into the liver until ready for pupation. They
will then wander away from the liver, and are bext collected by placing
the tray in a large box with openings at the bottom corners. The
larvae drop from the development tray into the wooden box and migrate
to the corners where they fall into jars partially filled with soil
placed below the openings. The larvae will burrow into the soil
to pupate. Once they pupate they should be covered with moistened
soil and leaf litter and placed in a warm room (about 81 degrees
F). Adults should emerge about seven days after pupating.
If sufficient moisture is not present, the pupae will shrink and become
quite angular in appearance. These pupae will not hatch unless
moisture is provided. Often such pupae develop normally up to the
time when they should hatch. Then, they are unable to break
through the puparium and soon die. Adults can be reared in a
screen cage, or a large bucket with a wire lid. A shallow tray
with wood shavings or cardboard with water added provides a constant
Food: Larvae feed on dead and
rotting meat. They can be reared on pieces of raw liver, or
steaks, but liver works best. Adults feed on dry sugar, sugar
cubes placed in a shallow dish work well.