Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Fly

Blue/Green Bottle Fly - Calliphora spp.


Talk about extended families: Houseflies have more than 152,000 relatives—and those are just the ones that researchers know about.

Blue bottle and green bottle flies are a serious pest of farms, stables, gardens and bin areas. The females lay their eggs where they feed, usually in decaying meat, garbage or faeces. When the larvae hatch from the eggs they immediately begin feeding on the decomposing matter located around the hatching area. More than just a nuisance, these flies are carriers of diseases in both humans and animals.

 
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60 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots of a seriously nasty creature!

Beyond Zephyr said...

Such fantastic shots and the colors are just so pretty minus their menace :-)

Joop Zand said...

Very nice pictures and lovely colors Karen.

greetings, Joop

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

awesome macros with fantastic colours

Debbie said...

hehehe...too much information!!

gorgeous close-ups, so much detail and i did not realize how pretty they are!!

Sylvia K said...

Your captures never fail to take my breath away, Karen! I'm not fond of flies, but through your camera, this one is amazing and so colorful! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love those metallic colours.

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Awesome macro! I tried to get one like this with my macro lens and could not pull it off. I didn't know they were such pests. But I do love their metallic colors.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Stunning images Karen......and you've caught the colours to perfection.

Happy weekend,
Ruby

acreativeharbor.com said...

Fascinating post and elegant macro shots ~ carol ^_^

Linda W. said...

Nice macro shots. Such great detail.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, what great macro shots!!!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the fly.

Mersad said...

Love it!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Mary said...

Such wonderful photos! So beautiful! The colours are fantastic!

RedPat said...

What shots these are!

Terri Buster said...

I can't even work up a half decent comment for these nasty creatures, except that your closeups are fantastic!

Madge Bloom said...

The details and colors are amazing... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on Weekly Top Shot #102!

Carletta said...

Wow Karen! These are incredible.
Excellent macro work!

Diane AZ said...

Wow, the colors and details are awesome, beautiful pictures!

Elephant's Child said...

Disease carriers - but very beautiful with it. Brilliant macro - thank you.

Genie Robinson said...

Karen...These are magnificent shots, but oh, my, they go make my tummy turn flips....You photos are SOSOSO real. genie

eileeninmd said...

Wow, love the details and the pretty colors on this fly. Awesome shots! Happy weekend!

Pat said...

Terrific macros. They are really colorful critters.

Leovi said...

Excellent compositions! I love those beautiful colors! Wonderful defining the details on the fly!

Les... said...

gee, your amazing pics and accompanying facts are so illuminating and help us appreciate common place things for their real beauty - nasty germs excepted!

brilliantly done!! *VBS*

Stewart M said...

Its insects that really own the Earth - flies and beetles in particular!

Woodface is safe on the table in H's bedroom!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jeanne said...

That is an absolutely amazing macro! What on earth sort of lens did you use for that! Great shot!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I had no idea they had all those colors...amazing macro. But I'd rather look at the picture than the real thing.

Indrani said...

Amazing details!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures - thanks for the comment on my blog :)Hanne Bente

katerchen said...

großartige Bilder von der Fliege..

LG vom katerchen

Bec - Little Ivy Blog said...

Great close up! The colours are fascinating aren't they...

Laura said...

Seeing the beauty in the extraordinary ordinary visitors in our lives... Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro Karen... really gorgeous colors!

Lmkazmierczak said...

I am so glad they are no bigger than they are! Rather intimidating. My Top Shot: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/bean-there/

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing colours in this deadly threat to human health. Great macro.

Christine K. said...

fantastic macro shots of the flies! gorgeous colors!

Jim said...

So colourful. Great captures.

Me said...

I never thought anything so gross could look so cool. Excellent macro`s.

Lea said...

Great macro of a nasty insect!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Katrin said...

Wow - amazing pictures! Love the colors ...

Shira S. said...

I remember this fly! I always see this in our old place. It doesn't smell good actually... :)

Neesie said...

I'm in awe that you can make a fly look so good!
I tend to quickly take a shot when I see one but not the photographic one...more like a swot or a splat!

Happy Blue Monday to you ;D

Bill Nicholls said...

Great shot, amazed you manage to get the photo, usualy the fly off if I try

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Beautiful, but annoying!

Mother in Blue

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow!!! Incredible.

LV said...

Amazing shots. You make a plain old fly look nice.

lina@home sweet home said...

Stunning macro shots of a fly.

Nonnie said...

amazing shot of such a gruesome creature!

ladyfi said...

Wow -- it's an amazing rainbow fly!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Stunning macro shots!

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Great photo and info.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

The colors and details are so clear!

EG CameraGirl said...

Great shots!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Great pictures! But they really are a pest!

NatureFootstep said...

how do you make it stay put? Suger?

Lisa Gordon said...

Really fantastic macros, Karen!

Hannah said...

The photos are amazing, showing all the tiny hairs in such detail. I like the silver around the eyes and the iridescent back, too. Great macros!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you for your contribution to Macro Monday 2!

Macro Blossoms

Tamara Zauberpalme said...

Fantastic shots! Beautiful!