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Red Rose Visitor

Red Rose Visitor
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 0:38
Viewed: 3987
Points: 32
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Blow Fly Bouquet

I found the Blow Fly on this Dublin Bay rose growing at home. The rose is such a vibrant red and even the Blow Fly looks quite attractive in colour too. . .

Common Name: Blow fly
Scientific Name: Calliphora sp.
Order: Diptera

Several species of flies can be found in and around homes during the summer months. These medium-sized flies are attracted to human and animal waste and decaying garbage. Because of these habits, they are capable of transmitting filth-related diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery.

All flies belong to the insect order Diptera, meaning "two-winged." Most other adult insects have four wings.

Flies have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Eggs are laid in a variety of decaying organic material, and hatch into pale, legless maggots. When development is complete, the maggots wander from the larval development site in search of a dry place to pupate.

The pupa is the immobile stage characterized by a hard, dark brown "shell."

The adult flies may emerge in as little as seven to fourteen days.

And thatís all I want to know about flies!!!

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Hi Janice,

Very good detail on the fly and the rose. Nice colours and composition. I will still definitely prefer the rose though.



Hi Janice,
A lovely capture of this beautiful blow fly. A nice composition with beautiful red BG. Very good details and a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hellow Janice,

A good overhead view of this fly clinging to the edge of a pretty rose petal.
Even if you don't like flies, you have to admit that their irridescent coats are very attractive. He must have some sense, to choose a rose on which to spend his time!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Reminds me of "Annie"...would she like velvet or lace or both...or satin that's it...you have given about as much stature to the fly as any one person could do..Now if you only had a product to hawk with it...it would make a standout advert! It has that classic Tiffanys's look to it...or Diamonds by Taylor you know what I mean...perhaps a fine scotch whiskey...crazy how many things can come to mind from this image..beauty and the beast...oh...I'll go on forever!

Hi, Janice,

lovely capture!! I don't like flies personally, but this is a very sweet capture of a beautiful fly : ) tfs.

Man Yee

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-06 10:01]

Hello Janice,
I expect this fly fancied the scent of this beautiful red rose! You've zoomed in very nicely on the fly showing the fine metallic colours and details very clearly. The rose looks nice and velvety, soft to land on I suppose! ;-)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-07 1:38]

Hi Jane,there are 2 wonderfulls things in this pic : the perfect sharpness and colors of the insect and the beautifull red background,a little artwork!!My best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hey Janice, this is a beautiful shot, I just love the colour, its so vibrant!!! I'm not a great fan of flys but it does add to the contrast and adds a point of interest and difference.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-07 8:47]

Hello Janice, Excellently composed and what a way to show the fly with red all over. Superb clarity. ganesh

This is really a vivid contrast in colour Janice.
The details of the fly stand out well on the red.Quite artistic, this is.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-08 2:21]

What a plush way of presenting a Green Bottle,
You've placed this fly on the red carpet, so to speak and not only show him from a fine POV with excellent sharpness but raised his status!
TFS this unsual image,
Regards, Ivan

wonderful. captured both the fly and the flower's details. i can almost feel the watre in the flower....

This common blow fly looks fabulous on red Janice, nice details/colors..
Nicely composed - Very well done :)

Hi Janice!

This fly is somehow familiar to me...


It's a marvellous picture, and the fly and the rose contrast so nicely. I also like the colours very much and appreciate the instructive notes.

Kind regards


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-10 4:09]

Hi Janice
Very good detail on the fly and the rose.
very nice image

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-13 8:52]

Hello Janice!

Very arty image with fly as main subject. Or maybe Red Sea is main subject here? Anyway - very good saturated reds and rather tired shinning fly. Nice combination my friend! I can only add that word 'pupa' in Polish children language means a** :-)

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-21 8:46]

Hello Janice,
It's an unusual image - the red is so intense that it almost makes me cry :-) Very nice composition with two contrasting colours. Some noise visible, so using NeatImage or something similar would help. Otherwise an appealing presentation.
Best greetings & TFS!

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