|Flesh Fly / Sarcophaga species|
I am sure you have seen many fly images on the site, I for one have, and normally I will take a glance at the image and pass it by. Lets be honest, it is one of those insects that the most of us would rather not want to see, as it is a pest all over especially in our homes and in our kitchens. There will not be a single fly in sight until you start preparing something to eat. Then it seems as if they where all invited to share the meal. Uninvited of course.
Personally, I thought a fly is just a fly. - All others were considered as some kind of insect. Until I started with photography. May oh may how quickly did I realise that there is more than just one kind of fly. Since I started to make it a habit to take a daily walk through the garden with the camera in hand, all for the sake of exercise and not for photography (that is of course if you are naïve enough to believe me about the exercise part), I started to realise how blind I was for not noticing all these different kinds of insects, including the flies. I can in all honesty say that some of the flies I have come accross have the most beautiful colours and I never thought I will say it but some of them are even very beautiful to look at.
On one of my strolls, I was astouned to come across no less than four different types of flies on the same plant. Needles to say I no longer think a fly is just a fly.
I could have given you the detailed description of a flesh fly, but there is enough information about this on the site so once again, I wanted to make my note a bit different from the usual. Upon my research I found such a lot of interesting information about this pest of a insect and thought I'll share it with you by ways of a "Did you know?" trivia.
Flies have been pursuing humankind throughout all of recorded history. They are depicted in the oldest writings from the ancient world. Hieroglyphics from Egyptian chronicles included writings of these tormentors. Flies are referenced in the Bible as one of the plagues Moses brought down upon the house of Pharaoh. They have even been taken aboard the space shuttle into outer space.
Interesting facts about flies
- A fly's wings beat 200 times per second.
- They do not grow. They are born full size.
- They jump up and backwards when taking off.
- Average speed of a fly in flight is 7.3km/h (4.5mph).
- One of the things that separate flies from other flying insects are their wings. They are the only insects that have only two. All other insects have four wings.
- They do not bite or sting. They have neither teeth nor a stinger. A fly thrust a needle like spike into their victims and injects a digestive juice that breaks down the victim’s cell tissue.
- No fly can chew its food. The mouthparts of flies are all designed for sucking, sponging, or piercing.
- Flies will only continue to beat their wings so long as their feet are free.
- The overall life cycle of the housefly (from egg – adult) is about 7–10 days.
- Flies taste, smell, and feel with the hairs that cover their bodies or with their antennae.
- When writing the name of true flies, which are in the order Diptera, use the word 'fly' in a separate word; ex. Blow fly. When writing the name of other insects with the word 'fly' in their name, write one word; ex. firefly or dragonfly. (Even Loot said he did not know this and it is useful information to him, as it seems then that many so-called entomological authorities are not familiar with this rule.)
- A fly can travel 300 times the length of its body in one second.
- The eyes of a fly do not have eyelids, so flies rub their eyes with their feet to keep them clean.
- Flies can carry typhoid, cholera, diarrhoea, amoebic dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, gangrene, bubonic plague, leprosy, scarlet fever and yellow fever. (That is why they are called pests and apparently, it is only Ramthakur who loves them.)
- After studying 300,000 flies, researchers concluded that an average fly carries 2 million bacteria on its body.
- It has been reported that as many as 1 million children in Africa die each year from dysentery spread, by flies.
- A fly cleans itself constantly.
- There are ±20,000 species of flies, and ±6,500 of these are found in Britain alone.
- Flies vomit on food before eating it, to soften the meal up.
- A fly's vision is only sharp for 60-90cm.
- Despite having 4,000 lenses in each eye, flies have bad vision, but are good at detecting movement.
- According to researchers, the favourite colour of flies is red, followed by orange, black, violet, green, blue, white and yellow.
- A coffin fly can live for up to a year inside a sealed coffin. It can produce many generations that will feed off the dead body.
- Fly eggs hatch into maggots within 24 hours.
- The house fly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
- The largest kind of fly is probably the robber fly from South America - almost 6.4cms long.
- Though some flies are very common and can be found all over the world some are very rare i.e. Mormotomyia hirsuta a large fly which lives in a crack in the rocky outcrop at the top of a hill in Kenya. This is the only place in the world where this fly has ever been found.
Common expressions using flies:
- Your fly is down.
- Waiter, there is a fly in my soup.
- A fly in the ointment.
- Said the spider to the fly.
- I would like to be a fly on the wall at that meeting. Source
I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.