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This video is made from a microscope when the fly sits on our food then what does it do? Send it to everyone so that everyone know why its important to cover our food!!

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Fake news claims: A video shared over a year ago shows a house fly laying maggot on Food. This video is made from a microscope when the fly sits on our food then what does it do?
Send it to everyone so that everyone know why its important to cover our food!!

This video is made from a microscope when the fly sits on our food then what does it do? Sebab tu kena selalu cover our food & jangan biar makanan tu terdedah!

I know people that doesn't even care if flies sit on their food ...well look at this ...#CityFliesAreDangerous

This video is made from a microscope when the fly sits on our food then what does it do? Send it to everyone so that everyone knows why it's important to cover our food

Facts Check Verdict: Not totally true, not every house fly give birth to maggots.

News Verification: A video shared on Social media where a housefly can be sitting inside some plastic, where it is pressed by someone a little bit. Soon after the housefly lays armies of the maggot. The video has been like and viewed over lakh of times on Social media.

About 90 percent of all flies occurring in human habitations are houseflies. ... Because it has sponging or lapping mouthparts, the housefly cannot bite; a near relative, the stable fly, however, does bite. So it is clear that the house fly cannot chew the food. So flies sitting on food has no much effect.

How to the production cycle of House fly works

Within a week of mating, a doggie-style activity lasting from a few seconds to several minutes (not unlike humans), a female fly will lay an average of 120 eggs. She prefers to deposit her potential offspring in nice warm manure. Then in roughly 12 days the eggs develop into larvae, then into maggots, and then into pupae from which flies emerge fully grown. That’s why you will never see a baby fly!

The video shared on Social media that has over lakhs of views shows a Flesh fly. Flies in the family Sarcophagidae are commonly known as flesh flies. They differ from most flies in that they are ovoviviparous, opportunistically depositing hatched or hatching maggots instead of eggs on carrion, dung, decaying material, or open wounds of mammals.

The production cycle is such that the egg development takes place within the body of the female flesh fly. In the viral video, the fly is was just ready to give birth. The process is called Viviparity.  

In the below video it is shown, Flesh flies don't lay eggs, they give birth to live maggots which they can either deposit or drop mid-air.

 

Brush off or toss out?

In most instances, spotting a fly on your food doesn’t mean you need to throw it out. While there is little doubt that flies can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites from waste to our food, a single touchdown is unlikely to trigger a chain reaction leading to illness for the average healthy person. When it comes to passing on pathogens, it’s not necessarily the fly itself but where it’s come from that matters. Flies don’t just visit freshly made sandwiches. They spend far more of their time in rotting animal and plant waste. Among this waste can be a range of pathogens and parasites.

So it is less chance that house fly lays egg on your food, especially if it remains for a quite short span of time.





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