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House Fly

Flies

House Fly – Musca domestica (Linnaeus).  Flies have one pair of wings.  The house fly has four dark stripes on the top of the thorax between the two wings.  They can use a variety of materials for breeding such as animal and human excrement, garbage, decaying vegetable matter and soil contaminated with such material.  Having sponging mouthparts, the adults can only ingest liquid materials or solid material which has been liquefied by the regurgitation of digestive juices onto the material which is then ingested as it becomes liquid.  Larval stages called maggots are found in almost any warm, moist material that will furnish suitable food for growing larvae.