Common house fly

Common house fly

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Caption: Common house fly (Musca domestica) feeding. The common house fly feeds on organic material, including decomposing matter, and carries numerous diseases which it can spread to human food. When it feeds, the fly squirts saliva onto the food through specialised canals. Enzymes in the saliva liquefy the material, which is then sucked up through the proboscis (feeding tube, black, lower right) on its head. The fly often regurgitates part of its previous meal when feeding, and frequently defecates.

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Keywords: animal, common house fly, disease spreading, eating, feeding, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, musca domestica, nature, pest, proboscis, wildlife, zoology

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