The dung fly is the common name for a very large and aggressive carnivore version of the common house fly. The dung fly greatly resembles a normal fly except for its great size, glossy black body and enlarged mandibles and proboscis. It is approximately one foot long and weighs about 2 pounds.
Dung flies are almost always encountered in large groups. They are heavy slow flyers and can be swatted out of the air with a sword. Dung flies attempt to overcome prey by sheer numbers. Several dung flies will land on the victim and attempt to bite through clothing to soft flesh. Once a successful hit is scored, the dung fly will bury its mandibles into flesh and anchor itself to the victim. Removing the dung fly once anchored is extremely difficult and must be done by brute force (which usually involves ripping out a chunk of flesh along with the fly). Once the dung fly is anchored, it uses its proboscis to draw out the body fluids of the victim. The tip of the proboscis consists of a small mouth like structure with tiny teeth which can mimic a chewing action. If a dung fly anchors itself to the chest or main body cavity of a victim, it is possible for the dung fly to uses its proboscis tip to chew up and suck out whole internal organs.
Anchored dung flies will continue to draw forth the internal fluids and organs of prey until they or the prey is killed. The rate at which a victim is killed depends on the size and strength of the victim and the number of anchored dung flies. An average human male with four anchored dung flies can typically survive about sixty seconds of such treatment before dying.
Dung flies fear fire and are easily driven off with bright bursts of light, large fires or loud, sudden noises. However, as soon as such disturbances are removed, the dung flies will quickly flood back in.
Dung flies behave very much like normal flies and are found in dungeons, battle fields, swamps, caves, graveyards and anywhere else where meat, carrion, garbage or blood can be found.
Dung flies are actually the mature form of the bore worm. Wherever you find one, you will find the other. Dung flies lay eggs in garbage, corpses and carrion. Those that survive to maturity metamorphosis into dung flies at the end of the larvae stage.
They are usually found in the same types of places where rats and blood roaches are found competing for the same food and living space. Dung flies, rats and blood roaches often prey upon each other.
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