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How flies eat

topic posted Sat, June 3, 2006 - 8:19 AM by  Unsubscribed
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Dudes, this is disgusting, but it's information I thought I should pass along:

Flies cannot chew. They have to suck up their food. Flies have mouth parts that absorb food like a sponge. Their food has to be in a liquid form in order for them to eat it. They have a tongue shaped like a drinking straw to slurp up their meals. Flies that eat nectar or blood do so by using their tongue which is called a proboscis. Even flies that eat other insects do so by sucking out the insides of their victims. When a housefly lands on our food, it vomits on the food. The digestive juices, enzymes, and saliva in the vomit begin to break down and dissolve the food. The fly can then suck up the liquid food with its sponge-like mouth parts and its proboscis. If flies eat food from garbage cans or any other source of germy food, some of those germs stick to the fly's mouthparts and when the fly vomits on its next snack (your sandwich?), it transfers some of those germs.
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    Re: How flies eat

    Sat, June 3, 2006 - 8:40 AM
    I dont' kill spiders, but I have to admit that I swat flies. I feel guilty about it, but there you are.
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      Sat, June 3, 2006 - 1:15 PM
      I don't. I don't feel sorry for dirt when the detergent hits it either...

      Tho' I WILL NOT kill a spider.
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        Re: How flies eat

        Sat, June 3, 2006 - 4:01 PM
        <I don't feel sorry for dirt when the detergent hits it either.>

        Lol. Flies ARE an important part of the food chain, though. Blech.
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    Re: How flies eat

    Tue, June 13, 2006 - 10:35 AM
    Eeeww.
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      Re: How flies eat

      Wed, June 28, 2006 - 11:03 PM
      Human beings eat by grinding bits of meat and vegitibles in an open orifice on their heads. This orfice contains calcified structures for grinding, tearing and ripping food apart. A fleshy appendage is used to chemically test the quality of the food. The appendage and the calcified structures are covered by colonies of bacteria, which form visible placs, which have tp be scrub off serveral times a day. The really disgusting thing however is that this same orifice is used to stimulate their partners sexual organs... Maybe the fly isn't that bad after all.

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