Another rare bug sighting in my backyard:
this crazy-looking zebra striped bug with bright red eyes and matching red booty was almost an inch long. I spotted it walking along my garden box (if it had not been moving, I would have thought it was a toy bug, planted by a friend trying to trick me :^)
The Flesh Fly is from the family Sarcophagidae; yes, from the same Greek roots for sarcophagus: sarco=flesh and phage=eating.
Flesh Flies are viviparous, and they larviposit which means that they lay live young (baby maggots)
Whatever you do, do not eat the larvae! Flesh Flies may-but not likely- carry leprosy.
Yuck. Not that you would. More interesting bits from the BugLady.