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Blowflies congregate on a Grey-headed Flying-Fox that was electrocuted during its nocturnal food-seeking wanderings. By touching two separate power lines it caused electricity to flow through its body resulting in its death.  //  Grey-headed Flying Fox: Pteropodidae: Pteropus poliocephalus. Length to 25cm; weight to 800g; wingspan to 100cm. Common in urban areas in eastern Australia where it is becoming a pest. Daytime camps of tens of thousands bats roost during the day amongst the canopy of tall trees, especially mangroves. They fly up to 50km during their nocturnal search for fruiting trees - eucalypts (Myrtaceae: Eucalyptus and Corymba spp) and native figs (Moraceae: Ficus spp).   //    Individuals may carry a lyssavirus which causes the fatal Hendra Disease in horses.  Also known as Equine Morbillivirus Pneumonia, Acute Equine Respiratory Syndrome, this disease has emerged comparatively recently and has caused seven deaths in humans, particularly veterinarians, and wildlife carers handling flying-foxes (=fruit-bats). Rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin are effective vaccinations for at-risk people.  // Lyssavirus: family Rhabdoviridae: Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) - Related to the rabies virus, belonging to the zoonotic group found in pteropods. Transmitted directly to humans and horses through droppings and bites or scratches.  //  Blowflies - Diptera; Calliphoridae. Scavengers, contributing to the decomposition of corpses after death. Many genera common worldwide.  //