Order: Diptera
Complete Metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, adult)
Fruit Flies
Color: Brown with red and black eyes
Length: 1/8 "

Habitat: Fruit Flies can be found in dumpsters, kitchens, restrooms, drains and fermenting food.

Reproduction: Fruit Flies produce several hundred eggs on or near fermenting fruits and vegetables. Their life cycle is complete within 8-10 days. Eggs hatch within 2 days and the larval stage lasts up to one week.

Misc: Red eyed fruit flies usually feed on rotten fruit and vegetables. Black eyed fruit flies usually feed on organic material found in drains and grouts. The male flaps one wing in a certain pattern to create a seductful sound to attract the female. The male follows the female until he gets enough courage to lick the female, ending in copulation. Females quite often reject the males.

House Flies
Color: Brown
Length: 1/8" 1/4"

Habitat: Migrate up to 20 miles away from larval site. Hang out by food, standing water and organic material. From egg to adult takes about one week.

Reproduction: Eggs are usually found in moist material and hatch in 7-21 hours
Larva will migrate for a few days and travel several feet away to mature.
Misc: Excretes and regurgitates at every resting point

Drain Flies
Length: 1/16" 1/4"

Reproduction: Produces eggs on sludgy material associated with drains and sewage. Eggs hatch in 1-3 days. Larval Stage lasts 1 - 2 weeks.
Habitat: Larva and pupa live in sludge and use a breathing tube that projects through the sludge.

Food: Feed on algae and fungi.

Life Cycle: Egg to adult takes one to four months. Adults live up to 2 weeks.

    Bottle Flies
Color: Shiny, metallic, green, blue, or copper

Length: 3/8"
Habitat: Found mostly on animal carcasses, in walls, ceilings, attics, and crawlspaces. Gain access into structures through intake vents and open doors.
Reproduction: Larva burrows into decaying material to pupate. Adults live for about a week.
Misc: Seeing a bottle fly is usually a sign of a dead animal or rodent