WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – OLETA RIVER STATE PARK, FL
This photograph is of a common House Fly taken at Oleta River State Park in the Sunny Isles area of Florida. The subject House Fly was taken with a Nikon D90 camera body attached to a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens.
The housefly (also house fly, house-fly or common housefly), Musca domestica, is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha. It is the most common of all domestic flies, accounting for about 91% of all flies in human habitations, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world; it is considered a pest that can carry serious diseases.
Typically, this insect will have a torso that is around 10 millimeters in length. The whole of the body will be covered in small hairs that are used to help them maintain flight and also provide them with information regarding their surroundings while they fly. They are also known for their large, red eyes, which can range between eight and twenty milligrams depending on the conditions surrounding the housefly.
Like other Diptera (meaning “two-winged”), houseflies have only one pair of wings; the hind pair is reduced to small halteres that aid in flight stability. Characteristically, the media vein (M1+2 or fourth long vein of the wing) shows a sharp upward bend.
Houseflies are nothing to be passive about. The average female house fly can lay as many as 500 eggs over the course of a number of egg laying sessions. These will be quite hard to spot, as they are just over a millimeter in length. Maggots will hatch within 24 hours of being laid, and the maggots will seek out organic material in order to sustain themselves.