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- Flies are the most numerous species of insects, there are 750 thousand species of flies on our planet, and their number is constantly growing, replenished with all new expeditions to remote corners of the planet.
- As a species, flies are over a million years old.
- Live birth has been described in one species of the genus (M. larvipara Portschinsky), although a large proportion of flies lay eggs.
- Like all insects, the lifespan of flies is highly dependent on the ambient temperature and their full life cycle can last from 8 to 20 days.
- A genus of nematodes (worms) has been discovered that, by parasitizing flies, turns male flies into females.
The fly's mouth is adapted only for absorbing liquid food, and the role of the tongue is played by the proboscis, which is divided in two at the end, and these channels act as tubes through which liquid food is absorbed.
- The fly walks on two claws located on the bottom of the foot. The sticky pads under these claws allow her to walk upside down with great ease on the ceiling or anywhere else!
- By rubbing its limbs, the fly thus cleans those very claws-suction cups so that they are better sucked.
- Parasitic flies lay their eggs directly in the bodies of bees and ants, and then larvae hatch from them, which eat their hosts from the inside.
In one kilogram of pig manure, about 15, 000 fly larvae can hatch.
- 1000 flies weigh 25-30 grams.
- In Ethiopia, a sterilized male tsetse fly is bred in a special plant to eradicate this dangerous fly in the country. Infertile males drive out normal competitors, and when mating do not give offspring.
- 10 days after birth, the housefly mates and the female lays 100 to 150 eggs!
Mayfly flies live only a day, their stomach does not function, since they have only three hours to mate and lay eggs, then they die.
- Fly larvae are used in surgery to remove dead tissue. For each square centimeter of the wound, 5-10 larvae are placed, which eat dead matter and secrete an antiseptic.
- The housefly carries germs up to 15 miles (24 km) from the source of contamination.
- Drosophila flies are used in space experiments. It has been scientifically proven that Drosophila flies can be prone to alcohol addiction.
- Tsetse flies attack any warm moving object, even a car. The exception is the zebra, which the fly perceives as just a flickering of black and white stripes.
- The female green fly devours the male during copulation. The male of the green fly, in order not to be eaten, brings with him a piece of some food for the female.