The lifespan of a fly is generally 15 to 30 days. Flies prefer temperatures between 75 and 80 degree Fahrenheit, so the warmer the environment, the longer the lifespan. The common house fly lives about a month when outdoors.
Flies are extremely prolific in their short lifespan. All flies develop in four stages: eggs, larva, pupa and adult. In the span of a week, a female adult fly generates about 150 eggs at a time. This process is repeated five or six times over the course of a lifetime. Within one day, maggots emerge from the eggs, form shells to pupate and within seven to 10 days, they hatch as adult flies that are capable of replicating the reproduction cycle a few days later.Learn More
What a wasp eats depends on both the age of the wasp and the particular species; some adult wasps are carnivores, while others get all of their nutrition from nectar in the same way as bees. In most cases, wasp larvae eat insects and other prey brought to them by the adults. In some species, the adults liquefy the prey for the larvae, while others simply eat them whole.Full Answer >
The main difference between wasps and hornets is that wasp colonies tend to be smaller, with fewer than 100 individuals, while hornet colonies typically have many more. It is often difficult to tell the difference between these hairless, thin-bodied, bee-like insects visually.Full Answer >
Honeybees and bumblebees both have three pairs of legs, for a total of six, connected to their thorax. Each leg is made up of five segments separated by joints. The closest segment to the body, called the coxa, is followed in descending order by the trochanter, femur, tibia and tarsus.Full Answer >
The queen bumblebee, who is the only one that survives in winter, picks a nest location during spring. She fills the spot with dry grass or other materials to build a shelter. Other honeybees flatten the bark near the entrance to their home, and they cover the tree’s inner walls with plant resin.Full Answer >