* Black and hairy, with red eyes.
* Wings translucent, covering most of the fly's body and giving it a
roughly triangular shape.
* Often seen rubbing front pair of legs together.
* Body length: 1/4-1/2".
* Habitat: Houses, farm yards; breeds in and feeds on excrement and other
* Range: Throughout North America.
* House flies are incredibly annoying, with a maddening, unending buzz
and a way of just being out of swatting distance. They don't bite;
instead, they spit digestive juices on human skin and other, less attractive,
substances, and use their sponging mouth parts to suck the juices back
up, obtaining some nutrients in the process. What they really love,
instead of human blood, is sugar and filth.
* Artistically, house flies have been immortalized in the trompe
l'oeil paintings of the fifteenth century. Trompe l'oeil, literally "trick
of the eye" was an ultra-realistic style of painting meant to
fool the viewer. Painters like Peter Christus, Carlo Crivelli,
and Il Vechietto painted incredibly life-like flies on landscapes
and still lives, making it look as if the fly had just stopped
to rest on the painting. Imagine the frustrations of museum guards
as they attempted, over and over, to brush those nonexistent