Animal Species:House Fly

The House Fly is found all over the world, wherever there are human populations. Not only is it a nuisance, but it also carries disease-causing organisms, which it picks up from garbage and sewage.

House Fly, Musca domestica

Richard Major © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

House Fly

Size range

5 mm - 8 mm

Distribution

The House Fly is found throughout Australia and much of the rest of the world.

Life cycle

Adult House Flies usually live only 15 to 25 days but may live longer in cooler climates. They lay many hundreds of eggs and their larvae (maggots) develop in organic material.

Classification

Species:
domestica
Genus:
Musca
Subfamily:
Muscinae
Family:
Muscidae
Superfamily:
Muscoidea
Order:
Diptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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