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Scientific Name of Housefly

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They belong to order Diptera and genus Musca and they are mostly considered a nuisance as well as a health hazard because they contaminate food with their faeces. But in the larval stage, they are considered very useful as they are used to feed livestock and farmed fish. Apart from that they also have capabilities to help in the biodegradation process as they are able to recycle nutrients in nature. 

Size of the adult housefly is about 0.7cm with a wingspan of around 1.5cm. Whereas if we talk about male house flies their wing size is smaller than female. They have a distinct head structure, with the convex front part and flat conical back. When it comes to their eyes, they have compound eyes which have capabilities of detecting colour spectrums which cannot be seen by humans eyes. They can easily sense subtlest of movements and their processing capacity is approx seven times more than a human being. 

These species of house-fly are easily seen all over the world on a daily basis. Due to this reason, it's really a tough job to destroy these houseflies. 

Mandibles are there in the housefly but they are considered as vestigial organs, whereas other mouthparts for the tube-like structure are called as proboscis by which they consume liquid diet.


Classification of Housefly:

The scientific name of the housefly is Musca domestica.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Diptera

Section: Schizophora

Family: Muscidae

Genus: Musca

Life Cycle of Housefly:

Life Cycle of a housefly is almost similar to most insects. They start their life cycle by laying eggs and then undergo larval development stage, pupa phase and finally get transformed into an adult. Most favourable condition for their reproduction is the summer season and they complete their life cycle within 10 days only. 


Do You Know Fact About Housefly:

1. Larvae of the housefly are also known as maggots.

2. Female house fly can lay about 500 eggs in a one time.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Write the Names of the Diseases Which Can Be Spread by housefly?

Ans. List of disease which housefly spreads are given below:

  • Salmonella

  • Typhoid fever

  • Cholera

  • Tuberculosis

2. What is the Function of the Mouth Part of a Housefly?

Ans. The main function of the mouth of a housefly is sucking.