By: Stavan Patel & Archis Ghodke
Flesh flys feed on a wide range of liquid substances. Larvae infest wounds, carrion or excrement (poop). It aids in decomposition by eating the body like flesh and poop.
Flesh Fly Life Cycle
Flesh Fly eggs may hatch within 24 hours and entire life cycle maybe complete within 1-3 weeks. This varies since there are many different types of flesh flies. After hatching, it goes through its Ist instar which takes around 24-36 hrs, and 2nd instar takes around 14-24 hrs, and 3rd instar takes around 30-72 hrs, and prepupa which takes around 54-192 hrs, and a pupa which takes around 11-17 days.
Geographic Location of Flesh Fly
Flesh Flies have a wide geographical area. They can be found in areas around the house with rotting matter such as garbage cans, compost piles, animal droppings and animal carcasses. They are known to frequently infest industrial buildings like meat processing and packing facilitates.
Dangers of the Flesh Fly
Flesh Flies are not very dangerous and don't carry any diseases, but flesh fly larvae have been known to burrow into healthy flesh of livestock, and sometimes can cause intestinal infections in humans who consume food contaminated with flesh fly larvae.
Similarities and differences
While all flies may look similar, if you examine a fly closely you can tell the differences between male and female. Both males and females have a reddish "tail" or abdominal end. When comparing males to females, males are more hairy and have more robust front legs.