Fly is almost everywhere. It is a tiny little insect that hovers above food and drink. Fly is always referred to bacteria, disease and anything that is dirty, but the fly is not completely hazardous. For plants, a fly is important. Plants need flies to complete the pollination process along with bees, but it depends on the types of flies. Some flies are beneficial for plant pollination, while some others are causing harmful effects on humans. In order to avoid these harmful effects, it is better for us to understand the difference between each fly. Usually, the harmful fly has its characteristic that differs it from others types of flies. Here below is the list of flies we have provided for you.
A list of types of flies
There are many different types of flies fly around the world. Some of them are used for research to help humankind surviving life, while some others are hazardous and can bite on human skin to leave the painful scar. Here are some of them that you should know.
- The horse fly
This type of fly is categorized to the harmful species. It is a pest because it causes danger and pain. The horse flies which are very active during the day are feed on nectar and pollen. However, it has the mouth that works like a scissor to cut open surfaces while it is feeding. Its mouth will leave the scar on human skin, and it feels painful too. The types of flies that bite and leave a painful effect can be recognized from its color, for example, the horse fly is black to dark brown. It also has green or black eyes.
- Bluebottle fly
This is the common types of flies that you usually see around the trash can. It has metallic blue color and ¼” to ½” inch in length. It produces larva which takes 7 to 12 days to hatch. This fly is also known as “Blow Fly,” and it can be found easily around dirty stuff. For example, it loves to feed on pet feces, dead animals and garbage. That is why the blow fly is called as the disease carrier. You should be careful of this fly not because of its bites, but what it brings to you—bacteria and disease.
- Cluster fly
You can find this type of fly in the house. Now, cluster fly is a bit different from the ordinary garbage can fly above. The cluster fly loves quiet places like your home’s attics and wall voids because they need to stay warm. More importantly, they seek warm places for hibernation during winter. Another difference between the cluster fly and the blow fly is what attract them. If the blow fly is attracted to hazardous things like feces and garbage, the cluster is attracted to light on sunny winter days. That is why you will be most likely to see a group of cluster fly scattered on your window screen.
- Sand fly
Things are named after their appearance and behavior. Like this little guy, the sand fly is named after its home—sandy riverbanks. Sand fly that lives on sand riverbanks can be seen from April to September. The females sand flies are busy during this period because they need to lay eggs on damp soil or even in the water, like their friends, mosquitos. These types of flies are 10-11 mm long, which is quite big for a fly. The sand flies have pale grey color and bronze-brown eyes with dark reddish-brown legs. According to information, types of flies are rarely biting when they are not provoked.