You have noticed the behavior of house flies, which bothers us especially in summer, when they land. After landing, they are almost where they are. they rub their hands as if they are making evil plans about where to bite us. Well why?
There are actually many reasons why houseflies do this. Many of these reasons with clean related. Let’s explain all these reasons one by one.
No bad intentions, they are being cleaned up:
In fact, the housefly is not the only type of fly that rubs its hands. However, this movement is identified with them because they are very common in residences; so the reasons for the hand-rubbing movement of flies houseflies.
Although houseflies are associated with dirt and disease and settle in places that we would describe as dirty, they spend most of their time cleaning up. They do this by rubbing and scraping the dirt on their hands. Naturally, they don’t do this to look neat. stay clean; It gives them advantages in many areas from hunting to flying, from staying healthy to finding a mate to mate.
If you look closely, you will see that houseflies are not only on the first two hands; They rub all their limbs, including their wings, to clean them of dirt. In this way, they get rid of the debris that disturbs and hinders them while flying. However, these creatures, on the contrary, do not start cleaning from their legs. They start from the head, which is the priority, and move towards less valuable areas. The reason they start over is to clear the olfactory receptors. Thus, they can be sensitive enough to the environment to avoid being prey and to be hunted.
Cleaning a housefly in the dirt, can take 15-20 minutes nonstop. However, like us, with the warning of living things, they have to leave their work halfway and continue at their next stop. The fly, which finally succeeds in being cleaned and purified, is much more successful both in perceiving the environment and in flying than the filthy ones. A full fly is a full fly. A puck fly is a fly that is not prey. The puck fly is the one that mates more easily. But there are some minor reasons for this hand rubbing action other than being clean. Let’s take a look at them if you wish.
To provide aerodynamic advantage by combing the hairs
When houseflies rub their bodies, they not only remove dirt, but also comb the hair on their chest and limbs. Hairs that are equalized and facing one-to-one, provides an aerodynamic advantage to the fly. The fly, whose stability in the air is not disturbed by the side of the hairs, flies more real and faster.
Checking for damage
When flies do this, they control the sensation in their limbs. Thus, before flight or battle with another fly, seeing if they have a hurt place they act accordingly.
Able to walk on any surface
Houseflies that land everywhere you can think of, if they are not cleaned they walk around with dirt on their feet. This makes it difficult for them to walk on glass or any smooth random surface. That’s why they polish their feet nicely so that they can walk everywhere, whether upside down, upright, or in normal form.
Houseflies that appear especially in the summer months, by putting their hairs into a system, they dissipate heat. In other words, just as we not only get cleaned but also cool down while we take a shower, they also get both cleaned and cool by rubbing their hands.