How Long Does A Fly Live?


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Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
If I remember correctly, it's 3 days.
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Anonymous answered
For the common house fly, three days would not necessarily be unusual in the warmer months where the entire egg, larvae, pupa, adult cycle can be only seven or eight days, but more typically, the adult phase will last btween two and four weeks.  Typical time spans for the various stages are
Egg  1/2 to 2 days
Larvae 4 to 10 days
Pupa 3 to 6 days
Adult 15 to 30 days
House flies mate about one to two days after they emerge from the pupa stage, and the female is usually laying eggs by the end of day two.  So even if they only make it to three days as adults, the war is still on.
Hope this is not more than you really wanted to know.
Unless it is in reach of my yorkie...3 days is correct.
Anita Goolsby Profile
Anita Goolsby answered
It depends on how far it stays away from my plate.
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Anita Goolsby
Anita Goolsby commented
I'm sorry...that was flippant. I hadn't read the site etiquette rules yet. Seriously, they use egg to larve to fly times in forensics to date time of death, so I think it varies by species and temperature.
Pat Merrifield Profile
Pat Merrifield answered
Too darn long if you ask me. Three to five days I think.
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terry rossignol
terry rossignol commented
they seem to last forever and ever time i go to hit them with the fly swatter they go and hide!!!!darn fools!!!!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
OK if you say they live 3 days, I believe you. But they seem to live forever in Ga.

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