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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 3:51
Viewed: 2912
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a macro of a Bluebottle fly.

I hope you like it!

The blue bottle fly or bottlebee (Calliphora vomitoria) is a common blow-fly found in most areas of the world and is the type species for the genus Calliphora.

It is 10-14 mm long, slightly larger than a housefly. The head and thorax are dull gray and the abdomen is bright metallic blue with black markings. Its body and legs are covered with black bristle-like hair. The eyes are red and the wings are clear. The legs and antennae are black.

Life cycle
A female blue bottle fly lays her eggs where she feeds, usually in decaying meat, garbage, or feces. Pale whitish larvae, commonly called maggots, soon hatch from the eggs and immediately begin feeding on the decomposing matter where they were hatched. After a few days of feeding, they are fully grown. At that time they will crawl away to a dry place where they can burrow into soil or similar matter to pupate into tough brown coccoons. After two or three weeks, the adults emerge to mate, beginning the cycle again. During cold weather, pupae and adults can hibernate until warmer temperatures revive them. They have the ability to smell meat from distances of 7 kilometers away.

They are pollinators of some flowers with a strong odor such as skunk cabbage and goldenrod.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-09 3:58]

Hello Joe,
An excellent macro on this Blue Bottle Fly. Great frame filling composition shows great detail in the fly. Spot on exposure shows excellent colors .Nice work!
Best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-09 8:21]

WEll, Joey, if you continue like this, we will soon see the inside of their mouths! ;-)) I am stunned by the macro you just did, it's incredibly close and sharp. What details! Love is afraid of flies, I should show him this one! Thanks again, you are becoming more and more professional,


perfect macro. looks like it was a metallic (gold) fly.
Well done.

The eyes almost appear as golden in colour....and the intricate design is quite apparent..I often wonder why..but my guess is that if we could see down even lower macro, we would be amazed at fractals...and then fuzzy logic takes over from there...which assumes all things are interconnected and there are no delineations between what you are and what you see....but your pretty darn close!:-)

Well done, Joe.
The big eyes are both sharp...
And the blurred areas make sense.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-09 10:18]

Hello Joe! What can I say? Fantastic my friend. Look at those eyes, incredible! You've done a great job, congrats!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-09 11:08]

Hi Joe.
Now DOF is simply amazing. TC is used with macro lens amazingly. Details is extreme. Bravo. All is great. Fill flash is spot on. However, how you could use so long exposure time? My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Joe,
Very impressive macro shot of this Blue Bottle Fly. Very interesting pin sharp details and good lighting to show these details, good POV and composition.
Excellent work!

Hi OwLMan:-)

What an excellency! Superb macro shot focused to head parts of a bottle bee. The details ıof the compound eyes are great.
TFS this fine image.
Have a nice nwe week Joe!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-09 13:54]

!!!!!!!!!GREAT!!!!!!!! And you want a comment too??? I haven't words,this eyes are fantastics!!Just my best compliments my little friend,this is a pic ready to the National Geographic Magazine,have a nice week and my best compliments for your professionals pics,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-09 17:22]

Hi Joe,
Any closer and you will need a microscope. Wonderful detail of the eyes my friend. Thank you for sharing.

hello joe,
this is excellent macro shots, the eyes look sharp and beautiful, nice pov and well composed,
tfs & regards

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-09 22:49]

Hi Joe!

This is "joey" at best! You have the secret of such perfect macro pictures. The effect si superb, the crystal clear picture shows great details... and the monster is terrific!

Kind regards


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 22:51]

Hi Joe

Great work - exceptional detail. Very skillful work.


Another stunning macro Joe.
Incredible detail.
Having you tried layering macro images for DOF ?
I've seen it done very effectively on some macros on Flickr.
Theres a guy who uses a Lumix FZ8 like mine, with a Raynox DCR150 + a Raynox DCR250 both attached at once.
He gets some amazing deep field macros by layering 2 or 3 images.
You'd need a pretty patient subject though I'd say.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-10 4:08]

Hello Joy,
Too close and a fine macro shot. Well done Ganesh

Ciao Joe, amazing macro with fantastic details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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