The housefly, Musca domestica, on rotten fruit

The housefly, Musca domestica, on rotten fruit

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Caption: The common housefly Musca domestica, on rotten fruit. A large compound eye is seen in this side view; both the thorax bearing the wings, and the lighter-coloured abdomen are haired. The housefly is a major nuisance, living, feeding and breeding in close association with humans. Musca domestica has a short life-cycle of about 18 days, yet each female will lay up to 2000 eggs. Eggs are laid in rotting fruit or vegetable matter, dung, corpses & exposed food. The resulting maggots liquify these substances to feed; adult flies pupate out in 3-4 days. Flies frequent unsavoury places and can pick up and transmit serious diseases to humans.

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Keywords: animal, fly, fly on fruit, housefly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, musca domestica, nature, wildlife, zoology

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