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Blow Fly

Blow Fly
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at treknature: Part Five [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-27 1:17
Viewed: 3622
Points: 10
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Hello friends,

After a brief interval I’m back. Missed TN very badly

Dedicate this first true macro to Mr.Ramthakur for his successful completion of three years in TN.

Blow-flies (also frequently spelled blow flies or blowflies), carrion-flies or bottle flies are members of the family Calliphoridae of flies (Diptera). Some members of this family are known as bluebottles, clusterflies or greenbottles. Flies in this family are often metallic in appearance and between 10 to 12 mm in length.

It looks like Blue Bottle Fly(Calliphora vomitoria) for me, not sure. Need expert’s opinion. Not able to differentiate from Green Bottle Fly.

The name blow-fly comes from an older English term for meat that had eggs laid on it, which was said to be fly blown. The first known association of the term “blow” with flies appears in the plays of William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Muscomorpha
Subsection: Calyptratae
Superfamily: Oestroidea
Family: Calliphoridae

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 cocoons. 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.

Image was captured in RAW format and converted to JPEG. Cropped, sharpened and resized.

Thanks for stopping by.

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hello kv,
what a fine macro, the sharpness is amzing here, the composition is beautiful and so is the pov, precise dof,
i am sure that Mr. thakut would like this dedication very much,
excellent macro,
tfs & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-27 2:05]

hi kv,
fine composition for this fly with very beautiful background and what lighting, great luminosity. tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-27 2:37]

Vral, I like the composition of this fly. The angle of the shot is perfect and with superb sharpness. Well shot and welcome back. Ganesh

Hi KV,

You are back with bang, very nicely composed picture of this fly with good lighting and very sharp image.tfs

great macro photo. Nice capture and color nice

Hi KV,
A nice capture of this beautiful Blue bottle fly taken from a fine POV. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Very nice dedication to Mr. Ramthakur. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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