Flies & Moths ID
There are several species of flies that are indigenous to the Puget Sound area, but the three most common are the house fly, fruit fly and the crane fly.
The house fly is the most common species. House flies represent 90% of the entire fly population. They are grey with four dark stripes in the middle of their bodies and they are about a 1/4 inch in length. They lay their eggs in feces, dead animals, and garbage. They are transmitters of many diseases and illnesses.
Fruit flies are much smaller than house flies and are brown with red eyes. Fruit flies are attracted to sweet or fermented liquids such as vinegar, soda, syrups, liquor, and rotting fruit. They lay their eggs in their feeding grounds.
Crane flies resemble mosquitoes. They have slender bodies with long slim legs that can easily be detached from their bodies. Unlike, mosquitoes they are unable to bite; they are considered a pest because their larvae feeds on plant roots. Crane flies can do considerable damage to turf grass.
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Moths resemble butterflies and some species are virtually identical in appearance. In addition to their appearance, moths can be identified by webbing, cocoons, and droppings.
Moths can also be identified by the damage that they do. Moths in the Tineidae family eat fabric and cloth, gypsy moths damage forestation, and some damage agriculture.
Moths can also be a problem because they attract other pests; birds, bats, and rodents can feed off of certain species of moths.
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