Greenbottle fly feeding on salmon carcass (pic)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Ecooper, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Ecooper

    Ecooper Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 15, 2013
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    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 (Flyday July 19, 2013: the greenbottle, now that’s a fly! | macrocritters 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
  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Very cool picture!
  3. elle s'ennuie

    elle s'ennuie Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2012
    Yes, but weird people tend to be the coolest. :wink: I'm no fan of flies but I like your picture. :thumbup: