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Stable Fly - Stomoxys calcitrans

Family Muscidae

This page contains pictures and information about Stable Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 8mm 
Stable Fly is a biting fly. This fly is brownish-grey in colour. It has the horny non-retractile piercing proboscis adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Wings are clear with brownish vein. Vein M conspicuously curved forwards. Legs are all black. 
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Stable Flies are blood sucking ectoparasites on mammals. They attack human, cattle, horse and other mammals. Blood meals are necessary for females before laying eggs. 
This is an introduced species and established around the world. 

1. Muscidae - Graeme's Insects of Townsville, Australia   
2. Key to the Australasian and Oceanian genera of Muscidae (Diptera) - Márcia Souto Couri, Departamento de Entomologia, Museu Nacional, 20940-040 Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil. 
3. Studies on Australian Muscidae (Diptera). IV. A revision of the subfamilies Muscinae and Stomoxyinae - AC Pont, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 21(21) 129 - 296, 1973. 

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Last updated: January 16, 2013.