- any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals.
Origin of flesh fly
Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for flesh fly
The larva of the common bee, and that of the flesh-fly, and some others, are among this number.The Life of an Insect
Thus that of the flesh-fly, Ray tells us in the place just quoted, pushes itself by the protruded spines of its tail.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
- any dipterous fly of the genus Sarcophaga, esp S. carnaria, whose larvae feed on carrion or the tissues of living animals: family Calliphoridae
- Any of various dipterous flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in living animal tissue or feed on carrion.
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