Common Green bottle fly
Portrait of Common Green bottle fly, made with magnification 6 using a Canon 7D, a Canon MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 extreme macro lens and a 2x teleconverter. It is a single picture and the picture is taken in our garden without using a tripod. The fly was alive and going its own business when the picture was taken.
The common green bottle fly (biological name Phaenicia sericata or Lucilia sericata) is a blow-fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a housefly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has short, sparse black bristles (setae) and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black.
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