The Life Cycle of a Fly
Now, the life cycle of a fly is a rather simple and straightforward process to understand, since these bothersome bugs only undergo four significant life cycle stages : the egg, the larva, the pupa, and the final adult form.
Life Cycle of a Fly Stage 1 : Fly Eggs
To start, a single fly egg is understandably undetectable at approximately 1.2 mm long. But, even when floating among clusters of 75 to 100 egg batches, they are still easily overlooked. With houseflies being among the hardest insects to eradicate, it’s mainly because of the female, egg-laying potential of 500 eggs. Regardless, these badgering bugs are also notorious for spreading diseases like wildfire.
Where do Flies Lay Their Eggs?
Next, the egg capsules require warm, moist conditions to experience optimal incubation. They are usually found residing within close proximity of the breeding grounds. However, the eggs do suffer risk of never hatching without the perfect atmosphere, such as the highly sought after manure pile.
Life Cycle of a Fly Stage 2 : Fly Larva
When larva emerge within a short 8 – 24 hours, they embrace their feast of fecal matter. Here, they’ll spend the first half of their larvae stage engrossed in a feeding frenzy that will sustain them into their next life cycle stage.
What do Fly Larva Look Like?
Unarguably, fly maggots are a startling site to see. Ranging between 3mm and 9mm in length, their creamy white coloring, legless frame, and constant wriggling could turn the stomach of even the manliest of men. Larva have pointed heads void of any faces, and visually only posses a mouth of alarming hooks appropriate for the mass consumption of decaying matter.
Life Cycle of a Fly Stage 3 : Fly Pupa
The pupal case, averaging 8mm long, is carefully formed from the skin of its former state, initially taking on a yellow hue, then turning red, brown, and finally black, occurring as a result of aging.
What do Fly Pupa Look Like?
Unlike the maggots, the pupa is extremely rounded, completing its isolated development in only a quick, 3 – 6 day period, favoring the optimal temperature of 32-37 degrees Celsius. If the pupa doesn’t develop in the ideal environment, this pupal process can last as long as 17-27 days.
Life Cycle of a Fly Stage 4 : Fly Adult
Bringing and end to the short pupal stage, the housefly utilizes the ptilinum to emerge from its pupal case.
What Does the Common Housefly look Like?
Adult houseflies possess a few distinct features. They have narrow, black stripes on their thorax, red-hued eyes, and a grey and yellowish abdomen. However, the female fly often boasts of significant differences than those of her male companions. Ranging between 6mm and 7mm in length, female houseflies often possess a significantly large space between their eyes. On the contrary, males have eyes so close in proximity that they almost touch.
Why Are Flies So Dangerous?
In general, flies are capable of spreading over 100 different disease such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, so much more. Should we go on or are you convinced these flying funerals need to be eradicated?
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