Pronunciation:  [MUSS·si⋅dae]

Common Name:  House Flies;  Stable Flies

Description:  Muscids are usually gray or black in color.   Most feed on liquids by lapping them up with their spongy mouthparts, but there are a few blood-suckers and predators in the family.   Larvae feed mainly on dung and decaying matter.   Many are pests of livestock and vectors of disease.


Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Arista of antenna is plumose along entire length
  2. Thorax lightly striped
  3. Gray or black body color
  4. Hypopleuron without bristles
  5. More than one sternopleural bristle

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Order:  Diptera