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House Flies

Musca domestica

  • Adult: gray, 3/8 in. length.
  • Egg: whitish, elongate, laid in fruit near damaged or rotten spots.
  • Larva: white maggots with black mouth hooks feeding on rotten fruit.
  • Pupa: yellow to brownish, near larvae
  • Damage: larvae develop on unharvested and culled fruit and become nuisance pests after developing to adult.

House Fly Pictures

House Fly

Image #46.

House fly adult - may become abundant in fields with ripe fruit or in cull piles but is only a nuisance pest. .