Size, Shape and Colour: 5-12mm long, wing span 25mm, bristly body, black and gray longitudinal stripes on the thorax and checkering on the abdomen. Very large compound eyes. Stiff transparent wings.
Biology: The Flesh Fly does not lay eggs, but carries the eggs until they have hatched giving birth to live larvae. They then burrow into food material, usually a bin or waste areas, using it also as a food supply. The life cycle is fast taking only 13-25 days to complete.
Preferred Foods: Flesh Flies prefer decaying matter and carrion but will feed from any meat product.
Habitat: This fly is commonly found during the summer in dustbins and waste areas. They seldom enter buildings but can be found in meat processing plants with poor waste clearance.