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Musca domestica (house fly)

Synonyms: Ascaris conosoma; Degeeria dawsoni; Degeeria obscura; Musca analis; Musca antiquissima; Musca atrifrons; Musca aurifacies; Musca aurulans; Musca australia; Musca australis; Musca basilaris; Musca campicola; Musca chilensis; Musca consanguinea; Musca contigua; Musca cuthbertsoni; Musca determinata; Musca divaricata; Musca divisa; Musca flavifacies; Musca flavinervis; Musca flavipennis; Musca frontalis; Musca fulvescens; Musca harpyia; Musca minor; Musca multispina; Musca nancauriensis; Musca oceanica; Musca pampasiana; Musca pellucens; Musca rivularis; Musca rufifrons; Musca rufiventris; Musca sanctae-helenae; Musca sordidissima; Musca soror; Musca stomoxidea; Musca taitensis; Musca tiberina; Musca umbraculata; Musca vaccina; Musca vagatoria; Musca vicaria; Musca vicina; Sphora australis; Sphora nigricans

Wikipedia Abstract

The housefly (also house fly, house-fly or common housefly), Musca domestica, is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha. It is believed to have evolved in the Cenozoic era, possibly in the Middle East, and has spread all over the world. It is the most common fly species found in habitations. Adult insects are grey to black with four dark longitudinal lines on the thorax, slightly hairy bodies and a single pair of membranous wings. They have red eyes, and the slightly larger female has these set further apart than the male.
View Wikipedia Record: Musca domestica


Speed [1]  4.50 MPH (2.01 m/s)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Moor House – Upper Teesdale 95867 England, United Kingdom
North Pembrokeshire Woodlands/ Coedydd Gogledd Sir Benfro 780 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom


Prey / Diet

Lepus californicus (Black-tailed Jackrabbit)[2]


Albibarbefferia albibarbis <Unverified Name>[3]
Alloea contracta[4]
Apodesmia irregularis <Unverified Name>[4]
Aspilota fuscicornis[4]
Atormus victus[4]
Bracon minutator[4]
Carcinops pumilio[2]
Chorebus posticus[4]
Cyrtopogon ruficornis[3]
Dacnusa areolaris[4]
Dioctria rufipes[3]
Diogmites misellus[3]
Dorymyrmex insanus[5]
Efferia argyrogaster <Unverified Name>[3]
Eutolmus lecythus <Unverified Name>[3]
Forelius pruinosus[5]
Hydrotaea dentipes[4]
Lecania rufipes <Unverified Name>[3]
Myospila meditabunda[4]
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Desert honey ant)[5]
Neoitamus flavofemoratus <Unverified Name>[3]
Neoitamus walkeri[3]
Nerax aestuans <Unverified Name>[3]
Phaedrotoma aethiops <Unverified Name>[4]
Phaedrotoma reconditor <Unverified Name>[4]
Philonicus albiceps[3]
Plectrophenax nivalis (Snow Bunting)[2]
Pogonioefferia helenae <Unverified Name>[3]
Pogonioefferia pogonias <Unverified Name>[3]
Pogonomyrmex desertorum[5]
Pogonomyrmex rugosus (rough harvester ant)[5]
Polietes lardarius <Unverified Name>[4]
Proctacanthella cacopiloga[3]
Proctacanthus philadelphicus[3]
Promachus canus[3]
Promachus giganteus[5]
Psilochorus utahensis[2]
Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail)[6]
Saprinus discoidalis[5]
Saprinus pensylvanicus[5]
Scathophaga stercoraria (Common Yellow Dung Fly)[4]
Sinea complexa[5]
Solenopsis xyloni (southern fire ant)[5]
Stichopogon trifasciatus[3]
Syspira longipes[2]
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna)[7]
Tolmerus atricapillus <Unverified Name>[3]
Tolmerus cingulatus <Unverified Name>[3]
Tolmerus notatus <Unverified Name>[3]
Tolmerus sadyates <Unverified Name>[3]
Triorla interrupta[3]


Parasitized by 
Draschia megastoma[8]
Habronema megastoma <Unverified Name>[8]
Habronema muscae <Unverified Name>[8]
Herpetomonas muscarum <Unverified Name>[9]
Thelazia gulosa <Unverified Name>[8]
Trichuris trichiura <Unverified Name>[8]
Pollinator of 
Aphloia theiformis (Mountain Peach)[10]
Arnoglossum plantagineum (groovestem Indian plantain)[2]
Aspidonepsis diploglossa[11]
Badula insularis[2]
Campsis radicans (common trumpetcreeper)[12]
Ceanothus americanus (new jersey tea)[12]
Cephalanthus tetrandra (Buttonbush)[12]
Cicuta maculata (poison parsnip)[12]
Cinnamomum verum (true cinnamon)[2]
Clematis virginiana (devil's-darning-needles)[12]
Croton fothergillifolius[10]
Dodonaea viscosa (Sand Olive)[2]
Dracaena reflexa (Song of India)[2]
Echinocystis lobata (wild balsamapple)[12]
Erythroxylum macrocarpum[10]
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)[12]
Fallopia scandens (climbing false buckwheat)[12]
Geniostoma rupestre var. borbonicum[10]
Grangeria borbonica[2]
Homalanthus populifolius[2]
Hydrangea arborescens (smooth hydrangea)[12]
Medusagyne oppositifolia (Jellyfish Tree)[2]
Memecylon ovatifolium[2]
Molinaea alternifolia[10]
Ocotea laevigata[10]
Oxypolis rigidior (stiff cowbane)[12]
Pastinaca sativa (wild parship)[12]
Psiadia terebinthina[10]
Pyrostria fasciculata[2]
Roussea simplex[2]
Sambucus canadensis (American black elderberry)[12]
Sicyos angulatus (bur cucumber)[12]
Sideroxylon cinereum[10]
Sideroxylon puberulum[10]
Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)[12]
Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod)[12]
Stellaria media (chickweed)[12]
Stillingia lineata[2]
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Frost Aster)[12]
Toddalia asiatica (orange climber)[10]
Veratrum virginicum (Bunchflower)[12]
Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)[2]
Verbena hastata (blue verbena)[2]
Verbena simplex[2]
Verbena urticifolia (white verbena)[2]
Vernonia fasciculata (prairie ironweed)[2]
Veronica peregrina (Neckweed)[2]
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)[2]
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw)[2]
Vitis vulpina (fox grape)[2]
Xysmalobium gerrardii[2]
Zea mays (corn)[2]


widespread in N. Amer.,Greenland,cosmopolitan;



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11Ollerton, J., S. D. Johnson, L. Cranmer, and S. Kellie. 2003. The pollination ecology of an assemblage of grassland asclepiads in South Africa. Annals of Botany 92:807-834
12Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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