Musca domestica (housefly)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Panorpida > Antliophora > Diptera (flies) > Brachycera > Muscomorpha > Eremoneura > Cyclorrapha > Schizophora > Muscoidea > Family: Muscidae

Adult housefly, sucking up juices from a sweat melon.

Houseflies breed in manure, garbage and rotting vegetable matter. The female lays four to five batches of 100-120 eggs each. Eggs hatch within 24 hours and the larvae take about five days to develop. As in all higher flies, to pupate the larval skin first hardens to form a puparium and then the pupa forms within that. The adult fly emerges from the pupa after about five days.


  • Skaife, S.H. 1979. African Insect Life. Struik, Cape Town, pp. 157-158.

 Text and photo by Hamish Robertson

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