Flesh Fly

Flesh Fly

Flesh Fly

Size: Medium-sized flies from 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch in length.
 
Color: Dark gray with three stripes on top of the thorax in front of the wings; eyes are usually red; a checkerboard pattern is often present on top of the abdomen.

Behavior of Flesh Flies

Like blow flies and bottle flies, flesh flies are important scavengers in nature as they are one of the first insects to reach a dead animal. These flies are part of the decomposition process that recycles nutrients back into the soil. The maggots of these flies may be used by forensic entomologists to place the time of death in murder cases. They also breed in garbage containers and dumpsters.
 
These flies are extremely common and can be found one to a few at a time in homes or businesses during the warm summer months. They are attracted to buildings by food odors and also warm/cool air currents emitted through cracks around doors and windows, or through doors propped open for ventilation purposes. The sudden appearance of dozens of flesh flies within a building signals a potential dead rodent, bird or other animal in the wall, ceiling, attic or crawlspace.
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