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Animals Daily Life

Flies

1.  Did you know mosquitos are a type of fly?  There are lots of chemicals that keep mosquitos away but there are plants that repel them as well! Lavender is easy to plant, even in small spaces, and it helps keep bugs away.  So, grab a pot and plant some lavender!  Not only will it smell good — it will help keep those pesky mosquitos away.  

2.  Many flies are pollinators, just like bees!  Here is a yummy twist on a peanut butter sandwich.  Just make sure you don’t give any honey to children under the age of 1.  It’s dangerous for them!

  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 slice crusty white bread
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Did you know flies don’t have teeth so they need to barf on their food to liquefy it with the acid in their barf — and then they slurp it up with their proboscis which is sort of like their very own built-in straw?  Gross… but cool!  So, why do flies exist?  Do they really eat poop?  And, are they just dirty and gross or do they actually help us humans and the ecosystem? 

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