The House fly is 1/8-1/4" in length, has gray with 4 black lengthwise stripes on thorax, gray or yellow on abdomen with a dark midline and irregular dark markings on sides, reddish eyes, and slightly feathery antennal bristle (arista). The housefly's legs are hairy, each tarsus has adhesive pads and sharp claws, the mouthparts expand at end, and are suitable for sponging up food. Its wings are clear, and are held level and straight back.
Life Cycle Female lays 5-6 batches of 75-120 oval, white eggs on moist manure or garbage. Eggs hatch in 10-24 hours. A larva reaches full size in 5 days emerging as adults about 5 days later. Males live for 15 days, females up to 26.