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housefly

(Encyclopedia) housefly, common name of the fly Musca domestica, found in most parts of the world. The housefly, a scavenger, does not bite living animals but is dangerous because it carries bacteria…

tsetse fly

(Encyclopedia) tsetse fly tsĕt´sē, name for any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, and in the same family as the housefly. The larva of the tsetse fly develops inside the…

Howard, Leland Ossian

(Encyclopedia) Howard, Leland Ossian, 1857–1950, American entomologist, b. Rockford, Ill., grad. Cornell (B.S., 1877), Ph.D. Georgetown Univ., 1896. Associated with the U.S. Bureau of Entomology from…

tachinid fly

(Encyclopedia) tachinid fly tăk´ənĭd, common name for any of the flies of the family Tachinidae, which parasitize caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, and other insects. Tachinid flies are generally…

fly

(Encyclopedia) fly, name commonly used for any of a variety of winged insects, but properly restricted to members of the order Diptera, the true flies, which includes the housefly, gnat, midge,…

blowfly

(Encyclopedia) blowfly, name for flies of the family Calliphoridae. Blowflies are about the same size as, and resemble, the housefly; because they are usually metallic blue or green they are also…

insect

(Encyclopedia) insect, invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed…

The Devil's Dictionary: Fly-speck

by Ambrose Bierce FLOPFOLLYFLY-SPECK -n. The prototype of punctuation. It is observed by Garvinus that the systems of punctuation in use by the various literary nations depended originally…

David Cronenberg

Filmmaker David Cronenberg is famous for gruesome horror films as well as mainstream art house movies, from Videodrome and The Fly, to Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. David Cronenberg is a…

Most Dangerous Insects

Mosquitos, flies, bees and wasps, and other insects by David Johnson Aggressive "killer bees" deliver a nightmarish, agonizing death by swarming all over their victim. In the…