What do Flies looks like?

The housefly, Musca domestica, is the most common of domestic flies. Originally from central Asia, they are now one of the most widely distributed insects, found associated with humans all over the world.

  • There are more than 120,000 species of flies worldwide with about 18,000 found in North America.
  • A female housefly can lay up to 600 eggs in her short lifetime.
  • Most flies live an average of 21 days and take on various shapes throughout their short lives.

Baby flies are called larvae but they are also known as maggots. Medical doctors use a special species of maggots to help patients with flesh wounds, especially burn victims. Maggots eat away the damaged flesh, which helps the wound heal.


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