Flies and mosquitoes belong to the order Diptera with one pair of wings. Their appearance is widely familiar. They have accompanied mankind since ancient times. Besides the damage some species cause in terms of food hygiene, there are other species that can be classified as mere nuisances.
Flies are characterized by a single pair of wings and are very adept fliers. They have strong legs with claws or adherent pads that enable them to move along smooth surfaces.
The developmental stages are the egg, followed by the larva (commonly called the maggot). The larva produces a pupal case from which the adult insect emerges. Flies possess a very high reproductive potential, resulting in massive proliferation under favourable conditions.
The flies common to our latitudes are mainly hygiene pests. They tend to alight on unsavoury surfaces such as corpses, faeces, wounds, etc. and then on foodstuffs. Aside from the unpleasantness of these habits, the main item of concern is that they lead to disease germ transmission on a large scale.
House-fly (Musca domestica)
Little house-fly (Fannia canicularis)
Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans)
Blue bottle fly (Calliphora vicina)
Marbled grey flesh fly (Sarcophaga carnaria)
Green bottle fly (Lucilia ssp.)
Fruit fly (Drosophila ssp.)
Yellow swarming fly (Thaumatomyia notata)