The growth rate of C. vicina has been studied in great depth because of the forensic importance of this species throughout temperate Europe.
As poikilotherms, temperature has the biggest effect on their rate of growth. Records in the literature give the time needed to develop from egg to adult emergence as 18-24 days at 27oC, compared with 31-35 days at 15oC.
Temperature also affects final adult size, with smaller adults emerging from cultures reared at high temperatures. Temperatures above 30oC appear to be lethal to C. vicina.
The quality and quantity of the available food also affect growth.
Final adult size has a profound effect on the fly's:
Little is known of the life span of British blowflies in the wild. It is thought that the majority of C. vicina females only survive to lay one batch of eggs, which would give them a life span of 1 to 2 months.
In Britain, the breeding season of carrion blowflies is restricted only by temperature. Discover more about their reproduction, as well as their lifecycle and potential dispersal mechanisms.