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Sep 25, 2012 2:10 PM

how long ago did this fly die?

Hi all,

  Just a quick query about preservation and the conditions that flies might dry up and break apart..


I have a (deceased) fly which is perfectly undamaged but was found in some powdered food. I would have expected it to be dried up but considering it's been in a very large container for several months and has been shipped from abroad.. it's in very good shape! I'm curious whether something in the powdered food (most likely it's salt content) meant it was preserved from being desiccated.. but I thought salt was a dessicator?! And also, how resistant are flies to being dessicated after they died? Does the integument protect them in normal conditions, but when you see them on the window sills it is just the sheer 'sun-through-glass' heat that literally cooks out the bodily moisture??


Please offer any enlightening factoids you might know to help me conclude the situation of the perfect fly!

Many thanks for you help!


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