Latin name: Brachycera
size: 5 - 10mm
Older: 10 - 40 days
Appearance: grey black
Sexual dimorphism: No
Sleep-wake rhythm: diurnal
natural enemies: Frogs, spiders, birds
sexual maturity: 3 - 5 days after hatching
mating season: all year round
social behavior: Loners
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.
Interesting about the fly
- Flies can be carriers of diseases such as cholera, typhus or polio. In view of this, outdoor foods should not be left unattended for too long.
- As an insect, the fly breathes over its trachea.
- Flies are omnivores and do not disdain organic material - even faeces are eaten.
- In criminology, flies are often used to determine the time of death, because they are reliable Erstbesiedler of corpses. Based on the stages of development of their larvae can then be determined as accurately as possible, when the person died.
- Flies are extremely responsive. With the multi-faceted eyes, the fly can reliably detect an imminent danger from all directions. In addition, the fly's nervous system works much faster than human beings. That's why most fly-slaps go wrong ...
- Although flies transmit a variety of diseases, they are very clean animals themselves. The pairs of legs are rubbed together several times a minute and kept clean, because a fly tastes good with its legs.
- Flies have no teeth. Therefore, they must first soak their food with saliva.
- In a short fly life, the fly can lay several hundred eggs. Due to the countless predators (birds, spiders, frogs, lizards, bats, etc.), most flies are eaten before the first mating.