House fly

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A household pest of the Muscidae family (Musca domestica) commonly found in North America. House flies have two semi-transparent wings, a black body with tiny tail bristles and a short fleshy proboscis. They feed on decayed matter, plant and animal juices, and are attracted to prepared foods. House flies are a nuisance and transmit diseases (typhoid, dysentery, cholera) and leave black droppings (fly speck). See also flypaper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

housefly; Musca domestica

Additional Information

University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology: House fly

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: Fly. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved June 17, 2003, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.
  • D.J. Borror, R.E. White, A Field Guide to Insects, Peterson Field Guides, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1970