Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pretty Flies

Flies in the scientific family Calliphoridae come in a variety of shiny metallic colors, and have many common names:  bluebottles, greenbottles, carrion flies, cluster flies, and blow flies. Click on the photo to enlarge. 

"How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!" 

"...Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing; 

your robes are green and purple..."

from The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. Click here to read it.

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