Phorid flies are tan brown in color with black eyes. They resemble Fruit flies in appearance, but they lack the red eye color that Fruit flies have. The most prominent feature of this fly is the humpbacked shape of its thorax. The severe arch of the thorax gives it the common nickname of “humpbacked fly.” Phorid flies run rapidly across surfaces instead of immediately flying when disturbed.
The reproductive potential of Phorid flies is tremendous and very large numbers of them may appear in a short time. Adult flies are strong fliers and have been known to travel as far as 6 miles within a 24 hour period.
Phorid flies can breed in more types of materials than any other house infesting fly. They primarily breed in and feed on moist decaying organic matter. Phorid flies are common around homes and businesses where food is served. Because it frequents unsanitary areas (with the ability to spread disease causing bacteria onto food products), this fly is of particular concern to hospitals, healthcare facilities, and restaurants.
The Phorid fly, a natural enemy of the fire ant, will be recruited this spring across southern states in an effort to control the destructive ant. The Phorid fly is a fierce enemy and decapitates the fire ants.
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