- Flies are two-winged insects under the order diptera which translates to “two-winged”.
- It is relatively easy to identify a fly from other insects from their eyes.
- They have a large set of compound eyes which generally occupy most of the head.
- Flies undergo a complete metamorphosis – Egg, larvae, pupae and finally adults.
- In many cases the larval stage would be longer then the adults.
- Most flies lay eggs however there are some species which give birth to the larva after which the larvae directly undergo pupal stage.
- Flies play an important role in the ecosystem both as consumers and as prey.
- Some adults feed on nectar whilst some feed on decaying food and secrete salivary juices to liquify food particles and suck them up.
- Flies tend to carry with them a range of diseases due to the environment that they visit, such as rubbish chutes and bins.
- After visiting such places they may sit on food and deposit these diseases onto the food which would translate into human health issues.