Flesh Fly


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Flesh Fly, common name applied to insects, the larval forms of which are found in dung and carrion and in the living tissues of humans and other animals. Flesh flies, sometimes called meat flies, resemble large house flies, and many are marked with longitudinal stripes on the thorax and abdomen. Most lay eggs, but in a few species the eggs are retained in the abdomen of the female until they hatch. The larvae develop for about a day, then burrow in meat for a week to ten days before entering the two-week pupal stage.

Scientific classification: Flesh flies make up the family Sarcophagidae, of the order Diptera.

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