Interesting Facts About Flies

September 18, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

In all there are over 120,000 species of flies ranging in size from 1/20th of an inch to well over three inches.

Flies are attracted by movement more than color.

Fruit flies live for 8-10 days. In that time, females lay around 500 eggs, using rotting fruit or vegetables as their nest.

The easiest way to keep flies out of your home is to keep things clean.

Many flies feed on dead animals, recycling them back to the Earth.

A fly’s wings beat 200 times per second.

Black Flies are known to travel up to 10 miles from their breeding sites in search of a bloodmeal.

Flies taste with their feet.

A housefly can transport germs as far as 15 miles away from the original source of contamination.

House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days.

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1 Response to Interesting Facts About Flies



July 4th, 2010 at 12:26 am

Because they spend so much time around garbage, flies can carry as many as a million different types of bacteria, so large populations of flies can threaten the health of nearby humans and animals.

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