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Old 10-27-2004, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Identify Little Black Flies?

Somebody else posted something in here about flies, but this is different. We have these little black flies in our house, wingspan about 1/4". The weird thing about them is that when you squish them, and it's easy, cause they don't move real well, they leave a powdery black spot. And that's about it. Not gooey like a house fly, just a black smoodge on the wall. My wife and I call them "Sh1t Flies". Anyone know where they come from?
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Old 10-27-2004, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What part of the country are you from?
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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detroit area.
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Old 10-28-2004, 08:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Could they be fruit flies? I end up with those in the summer, anytime an apple core or watermelon rind sits in the garbage for more than a few hours.
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Old 10-31-2004, 07:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, sounds like fruit flies.
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Old 10-31-2004, 07:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Fruit flies are generally a lot smaller than 1/4 of an inch -- but are quite slow moving - and are usually in swarms.

This will show you some various fruitflies- -there's a bunch of different varities of them

http://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibit...ant_flies.html
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Old 11-01-2004, 06:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Nope, not a fruit fly. I see them at work, too. Oh well, i'll keep looking. Basically I want to know how many is one day's protein ration. J/K. Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe Fungus Gnat. I haven't found a website on the squishing properties of common insects yet. Well, I'm not sure I want to anyway.
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The powdery spot makes me think moth rather than fly. Are the wings very round? If so, I think I know what you are talking about, but I have no idea what they are called.
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