What are Flies?
A flying insect of a large order characterized by a single pair of transparent wings and sucking (and often also piercing) mouthparts. Flies are noted as vectors of disease.
- Flies have a mobile head, with a pair of large compound eyes, and mouthparts designed for piercing and sucking (mosquitoes, black flies and robber flies), or for lapping and sucking in the other groups.
- The adult stage is usually short, its function only to mate and lay eggs.
- The female may lay a total of 5-6 batches of 75-100 eggs.
- More than 100 pathogens associated with the House Fly.
- Passes through all of the life cycles in about 10 days.
- Long-legged, but are weak fliers.
- Contrary to popular belief, they are adults rather than "Baby flies".
- Fruit Flies often misinterpreted as Gnats.
- There are many variations of the Gnat.
- Approximately 80 species of Blow Flies in North America.
- Blow fly larvae are also known as maggots.
- Eggs -> Larvae -> Pupa -> Adult
- Adults are 3-4mm long, very small.
- Fruit Flies eat ripened fruit, vegetables, and fermenting problems.
- Adult Fruit Flies live up to 30 days.