by johnah on November 7, 2020
Hover flies are small insects that feed on blood. They have a wingspan of 1/2 inch or 3 mm. Their body length is only 2mm. They are very common in most areas of the world, but they are not found in North America. There is no known cure for their bites and there is no vaccine against them either (although some people may be immune).
The best way to avoid getting bitten by these tiny bugs is to keep your house clean and tidy. Make sure all your windows and doors are closed when you sleep at night, especially if it’s cold outside. You can also use insecticide spray on any places where you think there might be a colony of flies such as under the sofa cushions or around the plants in your garden.
If you live in a tropical area, then you will probably need to take extra precautions. If you live in colder climates, then you may want to consider leaving your home less often during the day. If you are planning on gardening indoors, make sure that the soil is well drained so that there is enough moisture for your plants. Also make sure that your water source does not contain any chemicals or pesticides which could harm your plants.
Hover flies are small black flies which are about 1/2 inch in length. They can be seen hovering in the air a lot because they do not like to land for too long. The female ones bite and pierce the skin of other animals so that they can feed off their blood. They are not known to carry any diseases, but they still need to be avoided because you do not want them to start biting you!
Also known as the musca, this fly is not a problem to most people. They only bite humans if they are trapped or feel threatened in some way. These flies typically feed off of fungi and rotting plants so you won’t usually find them near humans unless they are forced to.
Horse Flies are slightly larger than the common housefly. They have a brown body with hairy black stripes across it and red eyes. They are also known to bite humans and are often more dangerous than the common mosquito.
The Wulsti Pollenia is a type of fly that is known to spread the pollen from the flower it feeds on to other nearby flowers of the same species. This promotes cross-pollination, which is important in the reproduction process of various types of flowers.
Dung flies are not typically harmful to humans, but they can still spread diseases. They are known to spread the eggs of other harmful parasites and diseases to humans. These types of flies feed on animal feces and decaying matter and can be found all over the world.
If you come across a wasp nest, you should call an expert to remove it or at least stay away from it. These types of nests consist of paper made by the wasps themselves and they are usually found in abandoned tunnels or other dark places. These nests can also be located underground so if you see a lot of bright yellow orbs on or near the ground in an area that you are walking through, then you need to stay away from the area or risk a painful sting.
Sometimes flies will lay their eggs in human corpses if they are unable to locate a dead animal. The eggs hatch and the maggots feed off of the rotten flesh until they grow into flies. These types of flies can also be found on animals that have been left out in fields to rot.
Sources & references used in this article:
Britain’s hoverflies: an introduction to the hoverflies of Britain by S Ball, SG Ball, R Morris – 2013 – books.google.com
Smells like aphids: orchid flowers mimic aphid alarm pheromones to attract hoverflies for pollination by J Stökl, J Brodmann, A Dafni… – Proceedings of the …, 2011 – royalsocietypublishing.org
Britain’s Hoverflies: A Field Guide-Revised and Updated Second Edition by S Ball, R Morris – 2015 – books.google.com
Encouraging beneficial insects in your garden by G Gredler – 2001 – ir.library.oregonstate.edu
Hoverflies of Northwest Europe: identification keys to the Syrphidae by MP Van Veen – 2010 – books.google.com
Abundance of adult hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) on different flowering plants by H SADEGHI – 2008 – sid.ir
Pollination by deceit in Paphiopedilum barbigerum (Orchidaceae): a staminode exploits the innate colour preferences of hoverflies (Syrphidae) by J Shi, YB Luo, P Bernhardt, JC Ran, ZJ Liu… – Plant …, 2009 – Wiley Online Library