Common Flies

Cluster Fly:  The cluster flies or attic flies are the genus Pollenia in the blowfly family Calliphoridae. Unlike more familiar blow flies, such as the bluebottle genus Phormia, they do not present a health hazard because they do not lay eggs in human food. They are strictly parasitic on earthworms; the females lay their eggs near earthworm burrows, and the larvae then infest the worms. However, the flies are a nuisance; when the adults emerge in the late summer or autumn, they enter houses to hibernate, often in large numbers; they are difficult to eradicate because they favour inaccessible spaces such as roof and wall cavities. They are often seen on windows of little-used rooms.

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Blue Bottle Fly:  The Blue Bottle fly is a common blow-fly. Its larva, used as fishing bait, is called a maggot, while its pupa, also widely used for bait, is called a caster. Bluebottle fly adults feed on nectar, while the larvae feed on carcasses of dead animals. Adults are also pollinators to some flowers with strong odor.

A female blue bottle fly lays her eggs where she feeds, usually in decaying meat, garbage, or feces. Pale whitish larvae, commonly called maggots, soon hatch from the eggs and immediately begin feeding on the decomposing matter where they were hatched. After a few days of feeding, they are fully grown. At that time they will crawl away to a dry place where they can burrow into soil or similar matter to pupate into tough brown cocoons. After two or three weeks, the adults emerge to mate, beginning the cycle again. During cold weather, pupae and adults can hibernate until higher temperatures revive them. They are pollinators of some flowers with a strong odor such as skunk cabbage and goldenrod.

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Green Bottle Fly: The name green bottle fly or greenbottle fly is applied to numerous species of Calliphoridae or blow fly. The maggots of this fly are known to preferentially consume dead tissue while leaving live tissue intact, so have been sold for use in maggot therapy, primarily during the years before the widespread use of antibiotics and medicines and in modern times due to a resurgence of medical literature documenting their effectiveness. These flies are known to lay eggs in cadaver tissue in the wild within hours after death. The developmental stage of their larvae in the cadaver can be used for accurate determination of the time of death.

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Fruit Fly: The species is known generally as the common fruit fly or vinegar fly.

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House Fly: Adult flies are grey to black with four dark longitudinal lines on the thorax, slightly hairy bodies and a single pair of membranous wings. They have red eyes, and the slightly larger female has these set further apart than the male. The female lays batches of about 100 eggs on decaying organic matter such as garbage, carrion or feces. These soon hatch into legless white maggots which after 2 to 5 days of development transform into reddish-brown pupae, about 8 mm (0.3 in) long. Adult flies normally live for 2 to 4 weeks but can hibernate during the winter. The adults feed on a variety of liquid or semi-liquid substances beside solid materials which have been softened by saliva. They carry pathogens on their bodies and in their feces and can contaminate food and contribute to the transfer of food-borne illnesses. For these reasons they are considered pests.

Midge: Each spring and fall, lakefront communities are invaded by small, harmless, mosquito-like insects called midges. They only stay about five-ten days, but the swarms can be startling to visitors and newcomers. The small, 1/8 to 1/2" long insects are properly called Chironomus plumosus and commonly, but erroneously, called Canadian soldiers. They spawn in the lake when Lake Erie warms to around 60 degrees and then again in the fall when the lake cools. They have a life span of around five to ten days. Midges are beneficial as they provide food for a variety of freshwater fish and other aquatic creatures.

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MayFly: Mayflies are aquatic insects and are an important food source for fish and reptiles. Nymphs feed on microscopic algae and organic matter in the water. Adults do not eat and leave the water to mate, and females will lay their eggs while flying low over the water or in the water directly. Mayflies are often seen as a sign of healthy water ecosystems because they are very sensitive to pollutants. They cannot bite or sting but can be a source of seasonal allergies for allergy sufferers. When they die, their molted skin and bodies break up and are easily carried by the wind. 

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