Musca domestica


Common Names: Housefly, house fly, common housefly
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Flies


It is the most common of all domestic flies, accounting for about 90% of all flies in human habitations, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world. Houseflies can take in only liquid foods. They spit out saliva on solid foods to predigest it, and then suck it back in. They also regurgitate partly digested matter and pass it again to the abdomen.

Adult houseflies grow to 8 to 12 mm long. The thorax is gray or sometimes even black, with four longitudinal dark lines on the back. The whole body is covered with hair-like projections. The females are slightly larger than the males, and have a much larger space between their red compound eyes. Like other Diptera, houseflies have only one pair of wings.

Houseflies feed on feces, open sores, sputum, and moist decaying organic matter such as spoiled food, eggs and flesh.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: It is considered a pest that can carry serious diseases, but in general not dangerous.
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