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World’s Weirdest: Flies and Maggots
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World’s Weirdest: Flies and Maggots

Flies belong to the insect order Diptera, noted for having only a single pair of flight wings, while most other insects have two. There are almost a quarter million Diptera species; the housefly is one of the most common.

Flies breed prolifically, laying hundreds of eggs that turn into maggots, legless larvae that specialize in recycling dead organisms — as this video clearly shows!

National Geographic
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World’s Weirdest: Smelly Fruit Fly Cologne

World’s Weirdest: Smelly Fruit Fly Cologne

Male Mediterranean fruit flies produce a smelly cologne to attract the ladies. Unfortunately, it attracts more than female fruit flies! More...

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National Geographic
Housefly Foot

Housefly Foot

A fly foot is a marvel of biological engineering. View one magnified 300 times to see all its components, including the sensory organs that taste food! More...

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Boston Museum of Science
Housefly: Musca domestica

Housefly: Musca domestica

A native of Central Asia, the common housefly now is a world citizen — and a health threat, as a carrier of more than 100 pathogens. More...

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How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

Are fruit flies invading your fruit bowl at home? Try making this simple and safe trap to “reroute” the tiny, pesky insects. More...

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CHOW
Michael Dickinson: How a Fly Flies

Michael Dickinson: How a Fly Flies

Michael Dickinson is a biologist known as “the fly guy.” He explains his lifelong fascination with fly flight. Don’t miss the fly playing a video game! More...

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TED
Mutant Fruit Flies

Mutant Fruit Flies

Fruit fly genes produce a lot of mutations. Some are beneficial or neutral for the insect; others can be lethal. Investigate some common types. More...

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Exploratorium
Organic Food Is Good for Flies

Organic Food Is Good for Flies

Fruit flies like a nice banana. But as one Texas teen found out, they live longer eating organic bananas. Discover why her research project may have meaning for human health. More...

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The Ultimate Housefly Quiz

The Ultimate Housefly Quiz

Put your familiarity with houseflies to the test with this 20-question quiz. Then, challenge your friends and family! More...

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HowStuffWorks
Tiny Robot Flies Like a Fly

Tiny Robot Flies Like a Fly

Engineers have managed to build a robotic fly weighing only 80 milligrams that can fly just like a real fly. But why would anyone want to build a robotic fly? More...

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Nature
Why? Houseflies!

Why? Houseflies!

Most humans would probably prefer getting rid of houseflies, at least the ones living around them. But Lisa Marie Meffert is breeding more houseflies. Find out why. More...

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