Greenbottle Blue




Greenbottle Fly, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.


23 thoughts on “Greenbottle Blue

    • Thank you, Laura πŸ™‚ I am always attracted by the colour of these flies, too, and the difference some of these colours can be. They are very much a challenge to photo. I was lucky that this one was basking in the sun, taking some rays.

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    • Yes, they are the compound eyes, and those two short rods in the centre just below are its antennae. The dark strip is called the frons, and width of this helps to determine whether it is male or female. This is a female because its is fairly wide spaced. There is a lot more going on here with the face, for instance above the frons are three small dark bumps, and these are more eyes forming the ocellar triange. These ocelli are simple eyes which detect light and movement. Who would think a flies face could be so complicated? πŸ™‚


  1. Great macro Pete! I love the mix of blue, green and gold, and those incredible eyes. It made me think that insects have very expressionless eyes compared to other creatures.

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