House Fly Larvae

Picture of House Fly

House Fly Larvae (Maggot) Development

The larval stage of development represents the second phase of the house fly life cycle. Also known as maggots, larvae burrow into and feed on the decaying material upon which the newly hatched insects were deposited as eggs. They prepare for the next life cycle phase by refraining from feeding, moving to drier surroundings, and either burrowing or taking shelter beneath protective objects.

What Do Maggots Look Like?

Whitish in color and physically similar to a worm, the body of the house fly larva is tapered and gradually increases in width from front to back.

Size
Larva develop in size by undergoing three molts or growth stages, called instars. About four to seven days after hatching, house fly larvae typically measure about 3/8 of an inch in length.

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