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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  • $\begingroup$ And here it is: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lucilia-sericata.jpg $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2014 at 19:15
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    $\begingroup$ Gorgeous photo! $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2014 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2014 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ @moose Iridescent is probably the word you are looking for. $\endgroup$
    – Drew
    Aug 8, 2014 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ It's a blowfly. They sometimes ruin my compost heaps (the larvae). $\endgroup$
    – J. Musser
    Aug 9, 2014 at 1:43

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Looks like a green bottle fly.


Might be a Common Green bottle fly.



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