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Blow Fly feeding on parsley blooms, you can see its long feeding 'tube' that extends out.<br />
It's comprised mainly of the labium, and two smaller parts at the tip (pseudotracheae & labellum).<br />
I always wondered why/how they got their name? It turns out the name blow fly comes from an older English term for meat that had eggs laid on it, which was said to be fly blown.

Blow Fly feeding on parsley blooms, you can see its long feeding 'tube' that extends out.
It's comprised mainly of the labium, and two smaller parts at the tip (pseudotracheae & labellum).
I always wondered why/how they got their name? It turns out the name blow fly comes from an older English term for meat that had eggs laid on it, which was said to be fly blown.

Blowfly Feast (Calliphoridae)
Copyright Howard B. Cheek