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There are more than 240,000 different species of fly worldwide, with only around half of these having been actually scientifically documented.

Flies are generally connected with dirt, decay and disease, as many species of fly are known to carry disease due to their ingestion of animal faeces, and connection with decaying bodies.

The fly is an omnivorous animal that will eat almost anything from nectar of plants, to sap and even animal blood. Flies are able to prey on such things as it uncoils it’s long, straw-like tongue which then sucks the liquid into the fly’s body. The baby flies or maggots, are known to feed primarily on decomposing matter such as excrement and flesh.

Flies have an extremely short lifespan, only living for about a month. The female fly lays her eggs in decomposing material, both plants and animals, which hatch very quickly. The eggs hatch into fly larvae which are more commonly known as maggots and quickly transform into an adult fly. It is thought that the process from egg to fly takes just under 2 weeks.

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