Sunday, May 30, 2010

蝿 Lucilia Sericata

The common green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata, common 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 and red eyes. Aside from the fictional and conceptual role flies play in many cultures throughout the world, there are practical roles that flies can play; flies are reared in large numbers in Japan to serve as pollinators of sunflowers in greenhouses. The maggots of various species also play an important role in medicine throughout the world.


  1. interesting and amazing they "stood still" for you to snap their photo.

  2. Yea crazy huh? They were in a bush on the side of the road and seemed as curious of me as I was of them - we looked at each other for almost a minute before they flew away. One minute seems like it would be quite a long while in 'fly time,' I wonder what they were thinking?

  3. that is cool! they were probably smiling for the camera :)