phorid fly life cycle

phorid fly life cycle

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The mushroom phorid fly is a specialist insect, meaning it is only able to eat and develop on actively growing mushroom mycelia. In mushroom farms, development from egg to adult fly takes 20 to 22 days, and adult flies live for four to five days. Quick development times and short lifespans lead to fast generations — allowing populations to build quickly.

IMAGE: Mike Wolfin