Flies Identification & Information
Color: dark, olive-green body, black legs, and orange pubescence around the mesothoracic spiracles Size: ranging from 6 to 14 mm in length and generally having a metallic sheen to their bodies. Feeding & Habits: larvae feed in decaying organic matter, mature larvae of the blowfly, however, have been known to burrow deep into healthy tissue after spending earlier developmental stages in superficial wounds.
Color: Non-metallic, light and dark gray areas on the abdomen Size: About 5/16 inch long Feeding & Habits: Feed on earthworm matter in lawns and ground cover. Adults of the last generation of the year become numerous during the latter days of September to mid-October. As cold weather progresses, adults seek protected places to spend the winter. In many cases, this is within walls, attics, storage rooms, and basements of houses. Screens offer no protection since these flies prefer to crawl in through small openings elsewhere around the building. For this reason they are extremely difficult to keep out of houses. Isolated houses in the country are especially prone to invasion since they offer the only warm shelter for miles around.
Common House Flies
Color: gray, with four longitudinal dark lines on the back. The underside of their abdomen is yellow, and their whole body is covered with hair Size: adults are 6-9 mm long Feeding & Habits: Houseflies can take in only liquid foods. They spit out saliva on solid foods to predigest it and then suck it back inside. They also regurgitate partly digested matter and pass it again to the abdomen.
Picture Winged Flies
Color: brownish with black vertical stripes on their wings Size: 6-9 mm long Feeding & Habits: live in lawns in the summer months feeding decaying materials and earthworm larvae.
Fruit or Vinegar Flies
Color: Usually have red eyes, the front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black Size: Adults are about 1/8 inch long Feeding & Habits: attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags
Hump Backed Flies
Color: humped back yellowish-brown Size: 1/16 to 1/8 inch long Feeding & Habits: reproduce in moist areas where food and water are present. Eggs are usually laid directly on the decaying material.
Color: fuzzy, dark or grayish insects with the body and wings densely covered with hairs Size: tiny (1/5 to 1/6 inch long Feeding & Habits: Drain flies reproduce in polluted, shallow water or highly moist organic solids. The eggs, larvae, and pupae can be found in the muck, slime, or gelatinous film often accumulating on the sides of drains and overflow pipes in homes, or in sewage disposal beds, septic tanks, and moist compost.
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