Morphology of the first instar of Calliphora vicina, Phormia regina and Lucilia illustris (Diptera, Calliphoridae)

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Scanning electron microscopy documentation of first instar Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, Phormia regina (Meigen) and Lucilia illustris (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) is presented for the first time, and the following morphological structures are documented: pseudocephalon; antenna; maxillary palpus; facial mask; labial lobe; thoracic and abdominal spinulation; spiracular field; posterior spiracles, and anal pad. Light microscopy documentation and illustrations are provided for the cephaloskeleton in lateral and ventral views. New diagnostic features are revealed in the configuration of the facial mask, cephaloskeleton and posterior spiracles. The first instar morphology of C. vicina, Ph. regina and L. illustris is discussed in the light of existing knowledge about early instars of blowflies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical and Veterinary Entomology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

    Research areas

  • Blowflies, Calliphora vicina, Calliphoridae, First instar, Larva, Lucilia illustris, Morphology, Phormia regina, Scanning electron microscopy

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