Want to know more about Flies?
In the taxonomy system, flies belong to a group called Diptera. Flies of this group only have one pair of wings and are considered “true flies.” Most winged insects are born with two pairs. True flies have modified hind wings that help them balance while flying. You can tell when one of their “balancers” is missing. Their flight pattern looks like they had one too many to drink. By the way, the buzzing sound you hear comes from their wings rapidly beating together. Not all flies make that sound though.
True flies are skillful creatures. Observe a fly’s behavior the next time you one is sitting on your window, ceiling, or other smooth surfaces. You’ll only be able to see this with a microscope, but under the fly’s feet is a sack coated with tiny hairs. The hairs secrete an oily substance, which makes the fly adhere to the window. Isn’t that interesting? Yeah, there’s more to flies than just buzzing around and tasting your food. The cute part is that they will have trouble unsticking themselves - the harder they’re stuck to the surface.
Remember that flies have no teeth? You could say flies live on a liquid diet. These unique creatures possess external mouthparts that they use to liquify their foods. I hope you’re not having lunch while reading this. Flies regurgitate on the food they’re about to eat (could be yours). Their digestive juices break down the food into smaller portions. Flies with straw-like mouthparts suck up the liquid food, while other flies absorb the liquids like a sponge. Flies can actually taste some of the same flavors that we do. Yet, they don’t have any taste buds. What flies have are taste receptors covering their entire body, including the legs. When their legs sense something delicious, a fly will taste the food again with its mouth before eating.
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Flies carry and transmit disease-causing viruses, the same way mosquitoes do. Reports reveal that flies can also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Flies in Hawaii cover quite a broad range extending to all the Hawaiian islands. There are four common species that you might be familiar with. The Dog Dung and House fly are considered significantly important to public health here. Another species, the Hawaiian Picture-wing fly, receives protection from The Endangered Species Act. Isn’t that something...for a fly? Of course, we all know the common Fruit fly, that’s been controlled under federal quarantine for being a nuisance and causing so much trouble.