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Strange Beauty: Green Bottle Fly

Green bottle fly is a common name applied to several different species of flies, and it can be hard to differentiate them – but most are blow flies that are attracted to rotting meat and feces. While Its habits are not very pleasant, there is no denying that these are striking and beautiful flies. They are also wary and quick, and a considerable challenge to photograph.

Like many insects, green bottle flies use pollen as a quick source of energy. They are especially attracted to flowers with a strong or foul odor, and I noticed a compliment of these shiny green flies on garden daisies in my yard last fall. Yes – stinky daisies and green bottle flies are a match made in fly heaven.

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Obsession is rarely pretty, but it took me days to get these images. My neighbors probably wondered what the hell I was doing spending hours in the yard staring at daisies holding a weird conglomeration of a camera, but mercifully none asked.

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