This image challenged my preconceptions of flies as ugly, dirty creatures. If you feel the same, take a look at the full-size version of this one. It is stunning: iridescent blue body, shining eyes, and covered in coarse, clean, hairs. I don’t swat flies anyway but if I did this picture would stop me. Why crush such beauty and precision? And, of course, they play an important role in the ecosystem.
(A couple of clicks opens the full-sized image.)
Taken at Culzean, 21 July 2013.