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I have photographed the following fly which is iridescent green in Pittsburgh, PA. I guess it was about 0.5-1.5cm long.

Can you help me to identify it?

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And here it is: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lucilia-sericata.jpg –  moose Aug 8 at 19:15
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Gorgeous photo! –  Oreotrephes Aug 8 at 19:39
    
Thank you for making your photo available as Creative Commons. I use many CC-licensed photo in my classes. Perhaps I will one day use yours. –  Mike Taylor Aug 8 at 21:31
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@moose Iridescent is probably the word you are looking for. –  DrewS Aug 8 at 21:32
    
It's a blowfly. They sometimes ruin my compost heaps (the larvae). –  J. Musser Aug 9 at 1:43

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Looks like a green bottle fly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_bottle_fly

Might be a Common Green bottle fly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_green_bottle_fly

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