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Lucilia sericata

Lucilia sericata
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-04 8:25
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Points: 39
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Lucilia sericata (Common green bottle fly)

Well, today I am short of time due to work, so I'm posting this "macro occasional"
It is "just a fly" ... but this was very helpful and allowed me to make a fun f/2.8 macro, from very close range!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Calliphoridae
Genus: Lucilia
Species: L. sericata
Binomial name: Lucilia sericata (Meigen, 1826)

The name green bottle fly (or greenbottle fly) is applied to numerous species of blowfly, in the genera Lucilia and Phaenicia (the latter is sometimes considered a subgenus of the former). These flies are found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known species is the common greenbottle, Phaenicia sericata (or Lucilia sericata, depending on authority), though there are other common species such as Lucilia caesar, Lucilia cuprina, Lucilia coeruleiviridis, and Lucilia illustris. The maggots of this fly are known to preferentially consume dead tissue while leaving live tissue intact, and so have been sold for use in maggot therapy, primarily during the years before the widespread use of antibiotics and medicines and in modern times due to a resurgence of medical literature documenting their effectiveness. These flies are known to lay eggs in cadaver tissue in the wild within hours after death. The developmental stage of their larvae in the cadaver can be used to accurately predict the time death occurred.

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About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 1/202
F-Stop: f/2.8
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 6000/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-08-01 10:32
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 174 kb

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hello Jesus
very good macro shot with great details of the head and beautiful colours
i like the pose on the point of the leave
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-04 8:48]

Hello Jesús,
Fantastic photo with a perfect sharp focus on the head. Amazing details. Beautiful bright colours and a good frontal POV. Pleasing composition.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-04 9:41]

Hi Jesus
What a beautiful macro!!!
Perfect details an colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-04 9:53]

Hello Jesus.
What a nice macro shot. I like the POV and composition of the picture, razor sharpness of the fly image, excellent lighting and rich colours.Best regards Siggi

Hola Jesús,

Exceptional macro, the eyes are crystal clear - although I don't have any idea how the lady fly sees love in those eyes. :) But the photo, although You said "just a fly", is excellent. Using f/2,8 was a great idea, the background became quite blurred in this case, and helps a lot to isolate the subject. Good job, amigo, bravo.

In a critique You told to Chris (sandpiper2) You'd like to try fungi photography. I'm very curious about Your work, about how You use Your exceptional talent for macro photography. I'm already prepared... :)

Friendly regards and hugs, László

Hábil composición Jesús. Curiosamente, sin haber ningún elemento enfocado completamente, el resultado es precioso. Los desenfoques quedan muy bien y ese amarillo no se si lo buscaste ( no creo ) pero le da vidilla al conjunto.
Buen trabajo.

Un abrazo.

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-08-04 14:22]

Hi Jesus,

Even at that very shallow dof this photo is extremely attractive. It makes this insect proud to be a fly!!

Thanks for sharing


Hi Jesus,

Great Macro shot
Lovely composed
Perfect sharp details
great colors And DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-04 22:41]

Hi Jesus,
splendid portrait of this fly, TFS!

Hi Jesus,
A nice frontal shot of this fly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Well, friend Jesus as you probably notice I have been always in favour of the shallow dept of field use, but perhaps in this case that field seems a bit to wide in my opinion. The position of your subject here is almost frontal towards your lens and the fly's body almost disappear in the horizons! I do not know but, somehow I am losing interest watching that image quickly! Perhaps a parallel view may be more successful using the same settings. Try it can be fun!!
George Veltchev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-05 8:29]

Hello Jesus,
An interesting capture with focus on the eyes of this fly. Amazing how the eyes seem to have almost been stitched together in the middle!! Great sharpness, natural colours and a great composition.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-05 8:37]

Hello Jesús,
The limited DOF was well used to give sharp focusing on the head of this Bluebottle fly and show it in great detail from a nice frontal POV. The rest forms a fine BG that makes it stand out in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello jesus,

a good frontal macro shot with exellent dof and fine colours.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-05 10:45]

Hi Jesus,

Just a fly? It's a superb macro and he is posed so nicely on the leaf. I love the pov showing a great view of the head in fine detail. The colors are outstanding. Another wonderful composition.


Hola Jesús

Vaya nitidez de la cabeza de esta mosca, se aprecian perfectamente todos los detalles, hasta es bonita y todo. Perfecta.

Un saludo de Antonio

great face to face with this Common green bottle fly, a lot of sharp details on his head who contrasted so well against the blurred surroundings
the yellow spot gives a nice touch of color,
Have a good night

Los que usamos camaras compactas, siempre hacemos fotos "from a very close range". Yo para la reflex tengo un macro de 60mm, ojalá tuviera un 150mm, me sentaría con mi cervecita y la camara en el tripode en le mdio de las flores a fusilar todo lo que se posara a 2 metros a la redonda :)))
Ahora en serio, me sorprende la calidad que consigues con la canon, a mi que soy un amante de las compactas, me estás empezando a dar envidia. Otra preciosa composicion para esta foto tan natural.
Feliz domingo, Felipe.

hello Jesús

the superb focus, the very fine frontal POV
the beautiful luminosity did of the photo
a great macro shot, TFS


How do you do this????
Such lovely images.... all of them...
Great notes too.

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