Many flies, such as common house flies, actually don’t spend any of their lives underwater. After a male and female mate, the female lays her eggs in a source of food for the larvae, or maggots, that will hatch from her eggs. A food source can vary, from roadkill to meat that has been exposed too long.
Other flies, such as mosquitos and mayflies, do spend a portion of their lives underwater, during the egg, larval, and pupal stages of their lives. For mosquitos, they spend anywhere from five to fourteen days underwater, depending on the climate.
Not all flies spend part of their lives underwater. Mosquitoes at pupal and larval stages stay underwater but this does not take more than fifteen dys.
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