If there is one small insect that seems to irritate people and exist in the greatest abundance, no matter where you go, it is the common fly. For such small creatures, they are a big pest, hovering near bins and waste and even food that you are trying to eat in the moment. Sometimes, as they hover around me, I wonder how these miniscule existences became so copious in the world that we live in and what it is that they are all about.
Well the first question to address is their abundance and so, the first place to look is at how these things reproduce. Well for one, it begins with the copulation of the male and female flies, with the males implanting his DNA within the female’s oviposter. After several days, around three to four, the female will lay a batches of fertalised eggs. Now the female will actively lay about one hundred and fifty eggs per batch, producing around five to six batches with just one fertalisation. This means that a female fly can lay around six-hundred eggs at a time, the process taking less than a week. The female flies favour damp and dark environments when it comes to laying there eggs. These eggs will often resemble fine grains of rice. These eggs will then hatch and become maggots. Much like the process of caterpiller to butterfly, maggots will pupate for several days and emerge from their dark brown cacoon-like structures as flies.
These small creatures reproduce in large amounts spreading quickly within their short live spans. Perhaps this is why they seem to be everywhere that we go, because they live simply to eat and reproduce and spread. Or perhaps that is not why they live but simply how they live.