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House Fly
  1. Air inlets
  2. Antenna
  3. Cleaning Brush
  4. Compound Eyes
  5. Feet
  6. Digestive Glands
  7. Gyroscope
  8. Wing muscles
  9. Vacum Mouthpart
House Fly

Try to catch a fly and you will find out just how fast it can move. With the huge compound eyes that are made up of hundreds of separate eyelets, the fly see your hand coming. With a buzz of fast beating wings, it is gone before you can touch it.

Although only the size of an adult's fingernail, the fly is an amazingly complicated animal. It's body is made up of three sections. The head contains the eyes and mouth. The mid-section, or thorax, has three pairs of many-jointed legs and a pair of wings. A hind section, the abdomen, holds all the other body organs. Most of the body is covered in tiny hairs that let the fly detect pressure and vibrations. There is no skeleton inside ta fly. Instead, the outer skin of the body, called the cuticle, is stiff and shell-like and forms a type of outer skeleton, or exoskeleton. This robot fly is built in a similar way with a rigid casing on each of its sections.

More About House Flies:

Air inlets


The cooling intake of air keeps this robot running smooth.



Antenna extensions for gathering outside information like food or your swatting hand.

Cleaning Brush


Cleaning brushes on the inner legs are used for careful grooming.

Compound Eyes


A cluster of multiple visual receptors, each pointing in a different direction ever alert of danger.



Sensory pads with hooked endings for extra grip on walls, ceilings and your skin.

Digestive Glands


Containers for substances used to break down food.



Wing and body stablizer. The gyroscope sends information to the wings which in turn keeps the flight balanced and in control.

Wing muscles


Wing muscles are pivotal hinge systems that allow maximum movement.

Vacuum Mouthpart


Suction mouthpart is very similiar to your vacuum cleaner, picking up miniscule specks of fly food.

Fly Facts:

Country: Worldwide
Habitat: everywhere except extreme climates
Length: around .5 in. (1cm)
Weight: almost nothing
Closest relative: mosquitoes and horseflies

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Special thanks to B.J. Heinley and Brian Buschmann.