Monday 11 May 2015


The bluebottle fly or bottlebee (Calliphora vomitoria) is a common blow fly found in most areas of the world and is the type species for the genus Calliphora. Similar species include the greenbottle fly, a close relative that can be distinguished by its bright green metallic colouring. Bluebottle fly adults feed on nectar, while the larvae feed on carcasses of dead animals. Adults are also pollinators to some flowers with strong odour.

This post is part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme.


  1. It's amazing how a pest like a blow fly can be so pretty. But, that's the part of God's world that is so wonderful.

  2. What brilliant colors and rather pretty on such a fly.

  3. Hi Nick,

    This just proves that blue is everywhere! Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  4. Hi Nick,
    what a brilliant color and what a perfect macro shot, my congrats!
    Have a nice week

    Thanks if you visit my blog

  5. Nick:
    We are in the process of creating an insect series of flash cards for school age kids as a commercial product
    Would like to use one of your bottle fly images pasted back in 2015.
    What would be your terms for us to use that image?
    Your response will be appreciated.
    Hanno Weber - Chicago, IL USA