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Housefly

Musca domestica

The housefly is the most prevalent species in order Diptera and represent 91% of flies entering homes. 

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Details

Also, the housefly is one of the most common insects in the world, being present almost everywhere.

Features

  • Adult length is 8-12 mm.

  • Females are slightly larger than the males.

  • The thorax is gray, with four black longitudinal lines (markings).

  • The head is mobile and well separated by the thin neck.

  • The entire body is covered by a layer of fluff with protective role.

  • It flies with a single pair of wings well developed and transparent.

  • Each leg ends with two claws and two sticky pads.

  • The flies lay their eggs in any organic material from faeces, animal carcasses, rotting vegetation. All these are excellent breeding environments.

  • Housefly lives between 15 and 25 days and can submit as many 500 eggs at intervals between 4 and 20 days.

  • The flies feed on organic matter and materials undergoing decomposition.

  • Regurgitation is part of the feeding of the flies, because they can not consume solid food (they first dissolve food with gastric juices). 

Behavior

During feeding, the flies get infected with viruses, bacteria, eggs of worms, parasites, which can survive for days in or on their bodies. In contact with the food consumed by humans, flies infest food with pathogens which bears by simple contact, through defecation or, most often, by regurgitation. Among the pathogens transmitted by flies, there are: worms, parasites, salmonella, anthrax, aseptic meningitis, tuberculosis, conjunctivitis, A hepatitis, polio.

Did you know...

  • The wings of a fly moove, on average, 200 times per minute and stop as soon as the fly lands?

  • No species of flies has no teeth or any other organ allowing chewing solid foods?

  • Male fruit flies drink fruit or vegetables alcohoo when they are deprived of the act of mating?

  • A housefly can fly up to 8 km?

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