I am generally found near areas that contain water
and also close to livestock areas, which is a food source.
What I eat:
As a larva, I eat other insects, worms, snails
and occasionally a small fish. If I am an adult female, I will
drink the blood of large animals and humans. If I am a male
adult, I will only drink nectar from flowers or juices from fruit.
What I look like:
I am up to 1 ¼ inches in length. I can
have grey, black, or a brown body and my two wings
are generally dark colored. I resemble a housefly, but
am larger and have short horn shaped antennae.
How I am born:
I go through four stages of development:
egg, larva, pupa and adult. My egg is laid on plants in
or near water. Once I hatch, as a larva I will spend one
to two years growing in moist soil or water. As an adult,
I only live for a few days.