Common Bloat Fly
|Common Bloat Fly|
|Official Name||Common Bloat Fly|
|Common Nicknames||Knight Fly, Bloat Fly|
With its shiny, metallic colouring, the Common Bloat Fly is often seen around most parts of the Regalian Archipelago. Armed with an irritating sting, these creatures are viewed as nothing more than pests, feeding off of the waste of the Regalian Empire. This insect is often studied by scientists and scholars alike in an attempt to rid the world of its abhorrent presence.
The first record of Bloat Flies originate from around 6 AC, when the Regalian Empire was just beginning to gain traction. However, it is rumored that the flies migrated from lands like Daendroc after the Cataclysm, just as the Ailor did. Initial studies of the creature were rudimentary, existing only to inform farmers and land-workers of their rough behavioural patterns. It was discovered almost instantly that the flies had no use to common folk and so were written off as nothing but pests, their research gathering dust for the next three centuries. Real studies only began in 304 AC, when the discovery of the Sewer Bloat Fly sparked interest in similarities between the two species.
With a wingspan varying from one to two inches, the Bloat Fly is a rather delicate creature in comparison to its sewer-dwelling sister species. Their bodies are the size of an average grape, often sporting a metallic-silver colour that gives them the nickname “Knight Fly”, as many Ailor claim that they appear to be wearing armor. Their heads are rather small, presenting an illusion of their crystalline eyes being oversized. From their thorax sits six spindly legs and a pair of semi-transparent wings. Its legs are equipped with microscopic hooks that allow the fly to climb and cling to objects. Housing the organs, the abdomen is the largest part of the fly. Located at the tip is the fly’s infamous, yet mostly harmless, sting. The venom injected causes mild irritation to the skin of most races, working as a paralyzing agent to the small insect prey. This prey includes beetles, carpenter ants, and so forth. Unlike a bee sting, the sting of a Bloat Fly is not barbed, meaning it can be used multiple times. This has proven to the scholars of the Empire that the fly does not use its stinger for self-defense but rather for hunting, explaining why it is very rare to be stung by a Bloat Fly. Even with this behaviour, the pure annoyance of their sting gives them notoriety among peasants and commoners in below average living conditions.
The ratio of male to female Bloat Flies is almost equal, with the larvae-laying females being recognised as slightly more common. There are many variations of Bloat Flies, yet the differences between each are hardly noticeable. They range from different shades of silver from red to yellow eyes, as well as differing shapes of body. The average person could usually only recognise a difference based on the size of the fly’s wings.
Life Span and Development
Starting as yellow-coloured eggs, Bloat Fly eggs usually number in the thousands and are laid in the corpse of a prey insect by a female specimen. The hatching process lasts between eight hours to a full day, where small larvae are spawned and begin to feed upon the insect corpse. Once the larvae has fed, it will burrow into the ground to pupate and will emerge around two weeks later as a fully-grown fly. Mating is simple within Bloat Fly nature, as most mating partners are picked based upon accessibility, excluding the “showing-off” stage that other insects partake in. Once a fly has found a mate, the eggs are fertilized and maintained by the female’s immense intake of protein, which is achieved over a few days of excessive hunting and feeding.
Bloat Flies are certainly not intelligent and have no concept of training or domestication. Their prey varies but Bloat Flies are often found hunting insects of similar size and are even known to feed upon each other. Perhaps the most disliked quality of the modern day Bloat Fly is their attraction towards food waste. Whether it is raw meat, animal carcasses or even dung, Bloat Flies can be quite the annoyance to city-goers and their attempts to eat without disturbance. They have this tendency due to the amount of insects that also flock to easy food sources, but instead find a rather harsh Ailor swat.
Territory and Groupings
Most Bloat Flies are found roaming, or rather flying, alone. There have been no records of Bloat Fly hives, unlike their sewer counterparts, leading to the belief that they are solitary and not very territorial.
- Trainees of the School of Blackmark are sometimes challenged to be stung by as many Bloat Flies as possible. Due to the nature of the sting, pain is not a problem, rather getting the seemingly non-threatening fly to sting you is hard.
- It is often rumoured that if enough Bloat Fly venom is consumed, through whatever means, one would experience the greatest happiness they could ever imagine. This has yet to be proven, yet still some crazed people or gypsies flock to manure piles to try and get lucky.