The common housefly is considered a pest to almost everyone, but the avid insect collector. They can be found in considerable numbers throughout the world. But, where do house flies come from? This article will answer this question and take a look at some of the less well known interesting facts about the housefly.
Where do house flies come from?
It is thought that the houseflies we know today evolved about 65 million years ago. However, the actual fly ancestor is believed to be much older than this. Today they can be found in every country of the world and are considered to be one of the most widely distributed insects.
The housefly is usually found only in places of human habitation, but they can fly for up to 3 miles. The housefly can carry serious diseases and/or parasites and is thought to have been involved in some of the past epidemics of diseases such as cholera, dysentery etc.
Interesting facts about the house fly
- Houseflies have been known to cause a condition called myiasis. This is where a fly lays its larvae in a human body (normally an open sore) and they feed on the persons dead or living tissue.
- Unlike many other insects, a house fly is only active during the day and rests at night.
- The housefly is constantly eating and because of this they are constantly producing feces. This is one of the reasons they are a dangerous disease carrier.
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