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Green Bottle Fly

Green Bottle Fly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-25 6:57
Viewed: 4105
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
June 2007 was the last month of my 5 years' stay in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh). There were not many subjects to shoot in that country and that too during hot summers. So I used to do with whatever I found -- cockroaches, geckos, ants, a few birds and, of course, flies. Since a Bottle Fly has some attractive colours on it, shooting them used to be fun.
Here is one I dug out from my Riyadh archives.

The name Green Bottle Fly is applied to numerous species of blowfly, in the genera Lucilia and Phaenicia (the latter is sometimes considered a subgenus of the former). These flies are found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known species is the common greenbottle, Phaenicia sericata (or Lucilia sericata, depending on authority), though there are other common species such as Lucilia caesar, Lucilia cuprina, Lucilia coeruleiviridis, and Lucilia illustris. The maggots of this fly are known to preferentially consume dead tissue while leaving live tissue intact, and so have been sold for use in maggot therapy, primarily during the years before the widespread use of antibiotics and medicines and in modern times due to a resurgence of medical literature documenting their effectiveness. These flies are known to lay eggs in cadaver tissue in the wild within hours after death. The developmental stage of their larvae in the cadaver can be used to accurately predict the time death occurred.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-25 7:51]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo in beautiful saturated colours. Good sharpness and a fine choice of composition with the leaf on the right side.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-25 9:35]

Hi Ram

Thanks for the email!

Lovely shot - crip grens and ots of lovely detail. Love the light too.

Best wishes


Hi Ram,
nice fly, excellent photo. AMazing vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-25 11:17]

Hello Ram.
This is a super macro. Lots of detail and a good deep DOF. Perfect exposure as well.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-25 12:56]

Hi Ram,an excellent macro of this little fly,the metallic green so brilliant is fantastic,very good eye details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram. bit noise problem MF. Anywat fantatic metallic colours and good details.


Dear Mr. Thakur
you present us another good shot from your rich archive! very rich metallic green and natures green blends perfectly. good sharpness and colour.

hello Ram
very nice picture with great details and lovely colour s
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ram
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

I like the environment Ram, accurate colors & well exposed.
Good closeup comp and details also.
Well done & have a nice weekend my friend :)

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