There are over 16,000 species of flies in North America, but only about 20 of these flies cause problems in residential households. The adults and larvae (maggots) of domestic flies can cause a tremendous nuisance and can transmit diseases.

Flies undergo a complete metamorphosis, moving from egg to larva to pupa to adult. In domestic flies the females lay small, white eggs (0.25 inch) in moist organic matter. The fly larvae are white, legless maggots that avoid desiccation by remaining in the moist, decaying organic matter. They mature into larvae and crawl out of the moist material to a more protected, drier area to transform into the pupal stage. The pupa is the hard, brown case within which the fly transforms into an adult fly.

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A Guide to Flies

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