Greenbottle fly feeding on salmon carcass (pic)
Every Friday I post photos of a different species of fly on my blog (I title them “Flydays”; corny, I know). This past week’s post was about Lucilia sericata, the common greenbottle (http://wp.me/p2wM8r-uT); which is easily my favourite fly. Greenbottles are blow flies—feeding and laying their eggs on dung and carrion. So I attracted this specimen (and a number of other species) by putting the remains of a sockeye salmon out on my deck. I’d filleted the fish for dinner and kept the skeleton specifically to attract some flies.
Is it weird that I have a favourite fly?
Olympus OM-D E-M5, Zuiko 35mm macro, manual exposure (F11 @ 1/200 sec), Olympus RF-11 ring flash (1/2 power) (on TTL), ISO: 200
P8120179 Lucilia copyright ernie cooper 2013 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
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Awesome photo as always, Ernie! The bottleflies are definitely one of the most attractive of the flies.
And yes it is weird that you have a favorite fly -- and it is a weirdness I totally get.
"Blessed are the cracked….
For they are the ones who let in the light."
I don't think the fact that you have a favorite fly is weird. What I think is weird is the fact that you can justify why that fly is your favorite
Originally Posted by ECooper
I really like greenbottles, too. Around here, we also get some smaller red and golden bottle flies, which are even prettier. It's just a shame they're so dirty, but they do a necessary job, so I won't complain too much. I'll just set out some more dews.
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