For the average person, all they know about flies is that they are pesky, especially when there is food around. And according to The Los Angeles Times, there are far more species of our often unwelcome flying friends than originally thought.
The thirty different fly species discovered by the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles and BioScan scientists are a part of the phorid family and are crucial to the function of our ecosystem. These flies prey on other insects and eat fungi and decaying matter.
According to Brian Brown, Curator of Entomology at the museum, “the world couldn’t function without these small creatures.”
It goes to show—all insects serve an important purpose … even pesky flies!