Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
Most widely used name for this species
The name of the animal in science
The place where something is found
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|Number Of Species:|
The total number of recorded species
The average time the animal lives for
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Black, Brown, Blue|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Close to organic waste|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Nectar, Sap, Blood|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Frogs, Fish, Lizards|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Rounded body shape and lack of eyelids|
There are more than 240,000 different species of fly worldwide but only around half of these have actually been scientifically documented, something the science world wants to look into further.
The insect fly includes bugs like the mosquito, a tiny fly found worldwide that feeds on animal blood. In this way, the deadly disease of malaria continues to threaten the lives of those humans bitten by an infected mosquito.
Flies and mosquitoes alike are known pests worldwide, generally connected with dirt, decay and disease as many species of fly are known to carry disease due to their ingestion of animal faeces, and connection with decaying bodies.
Flies are omnivorous animals and will eat almost anything from the nectar of plants, to sap, and even animal blood. The fly is able to prey on such things as it uncoils it's long, straw-like tongue which then sucks the liquid into the fly's body. The maggots which are the baby flies, are known to feed primarily on decomposing matter such as excrement and flesh.
Due to its small size and abundance, the fly is preyed upon by a wide variety of predators around the world including amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts, fish that eat flies that land on the surface of the water, reptiles such as lizards and small mammals.
Flies have an extremely short lifespan, only living for about a month. The female fly lays her eggs in decomposing material, both plants and animals, which hatch very quickly. The eggs hatch into fly larvae which are more commonly known as maggots and quickly transform into an adult fly. It is thought that the process from egg to fly takes just under 2 weeks.
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First Published: 13th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019
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