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Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)

Synonyms: Musca occidentis; Stomoxis aurifacies; Stomoxis chrysocephala; Stomoxis claripennis; Stomoxis cunctans; Stomoxis dira; Stomoxis flavescens; Stomoxis inimica; Stomoxis minuta; Stomoxis plurinotata; Stomoxis praecox; Stomoxis rubrifrons; Stomoxis vulnerans; Stomoxys aculeata; Stomoxys aenos; Stomoxys bouffardi; Stomoxys chrysocephala; Stomoxys cybira; Stomoxys dacnusa; Stomoxys geniculata; Stomoxys geniculatus; Stomoxys griseiceps; Stomoxys hovas; Stomoxys infesta; Stomoxys korogwensis; Stomoxys libatrix; Stomoxys nebulosa; Stomoxys parasita; Stomoxys pungens; Stomoxys sugullatrix; Stomoxys tessellata

Wikipedia Abstract

Stomoxys calcitrans is commonly called the stable fly, barn fly, biting house fly, dog fly, or power mower fly. Unlike most members of the family Muscidae, Stomoxys calcitrans ('sharp mouth' + 'kicking') and others of its genus suck blood from mammals. Now found worldwide, the species is considered to be of Eurasian origin.
View Wikipedia Record: Stomoxys calcitrans


Diet [1]  Carnivore

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afon Teifi/ River Teifi 1768 Wales, United Kingdom  
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Birklands and Bilhaugh 672 England, United Kingdom  
Breckland 18652 England, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Cerne and Sydling Downs 912 England, United Kingdom
Clogwyni Pen Llyn/ Seacliffs of Lleyn 2591 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Môn/ Anglesey Fens 1154 Wales, United Kingdom  
Crymlyn Bog/ Cors Crymlyn 740 Wales, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Eryri/ Snowdonia 48773 Wales, United Kingdom  
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Gower Commons/ Tiroedd Comin Gwyr 4390 Wales, United Kingdom
Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs 3577 England, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Lower Derwent Valley 2263 England, United Kingdom
North Pennine Moors 254789 England, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Preseli 6686 Wales, United Kingdom  
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Thorne Moor 4718 England, United Kingdom
Y Twyni o Abermenai i Aberffraw/ Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes 4623 Wales, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Equus caballus (horse)[2]


Atomosia tibialis[3]
Atomosia venustula[3]
Cerotainia macrocera[3]
Didysmachus picipes <Unverified Name>[3]
Eicherax macularis <Unverified Name>[3]
Pogonioefferia frewingi <Unverified Name>[3]
Pogonioefferia pogonias <Unverified Name>[3]
Pogonioefferia staminea <Unverified Name>[3]
Proctacanthella cacopiloga[3]
Tolmerus atricapillus <Unverified Name>[3]


Parasitized by 
Habronema microstoma <Unverified Name>[4]
Parabronema skrjabini[4]
Setaria cervi <Unverified Name>[4]
Pollinator of 
Agauria salicifolia[2]
Antirhea borbonica[5]
Aphloia theiformis (Mountain Peach)[5]
Arctium minus (Common Burdock)[2]
Asclepias syriaca (broadleaf milkweed)[6]
Blephilia hirsuta (hairy pagoda-plant)[6]
Boltonia asteroides (white doll's daisy)[6]
Campsis radicans (common trumpetcreeper)[6]
Cicuta maculata (poison parsnip)[6]
Conoclinium coelestinum (blue mistflower)[6]
Coreopsis palmata (stiff coreopsis)[6]
Croton fothergillifolius[5]
Dodonaea viscosa (Sand Olive)[2]
Erythroxylum macrocarpum[5]
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)[6]
Geniostoma rupestre var. borbonicum[5]
Ixora parviflora[2]
Molinaea alternifolia[5]
Parthenium auriculatum (wild quinine)[6]
Psiadia terebinthina[5]
Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum (whorled mountainmint)[6]
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)[6]
Sideroxylon cinereum[5]
Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)[6]
Solidago altissima subsp. altissima (Canada goldenrod)[6]
Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod)[6]
Stillingia lineata[2]
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Frost Aster)[6]
Toddalia asiatica (orange climber)[2]


Alaska, British Columbia to N.S., s. to California and Florida,cosmopolitan, widesp. AU;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
5Kaiser-Bunbury et al. 2009 Community structure of pollination webs of Mauritian heathland habitats. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 11, 241-254.
6Robertson, 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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