Greenbottle fly pollinating a Cosmos flower

Greenbottle fly pollinating a Cosmos flower

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Greenbottle fly. Macrophotograph of a greenbottle fly Lucilia caesar feeding on the nectar of the daisy flower Cosmos bipinnatus. In the process of this feeding, pollen is brushed onto the body of the fly and it acts as a pollinator transporting pollen to other Cosmos flowers. A large compound eye can be seen on the head of the fly; the green metallic sheen on the body gives the "greenbottle" its name. Lucilia caesar normally feeds on rotting animal and vegetable matter. It is usually a domestic pest, and may transmit diseases to humans.

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Keywords: animal, cosmos, cosmos bipinnatus, flower, fly, fly on flower, greenbottle, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lucilia caesar, nature, pollination, type, wildlife, zoology

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