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  Lesser House Fly (Fannia canicularis)





Lesser House Fly | Fannia canicularis photo
Lesser house fly

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LESSER HOUSE FLY FACTS

Identification
The Lesser House Fly is grey black with three indistinct black stripes along the thorax. Female have grey oval abdomen; males have narrower abdomen with pale yellow patches. When at rest they hold their wings over the back forming a narrow V-shape (compared to the common house fly which forms a broader V-shape). The legs are black and the halteres yellow. It is commonly seen in the house, and has distinctive flight pattern where it darts around in square or triangular patterns in a shaft of light or under a light fitting.

Size
length 5mm to 6mm

Breeding
Breeds in decaying organic matter. Eggs hatch in 24 hours. Larvae take from 3 to 60 days to mature depending on climate and time of year. Adults emerge from pupa after 3 to 28 days.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Fanniidae
Genus:Fannia
Species:canicularis
Common Name:Lesser House Fly