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Musca autumnalis De Geer, 1776 (Face Fly, Autumn House-fly)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Suggested Literature

Musca autumnalis may be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(two-winged flies)
(short-horned flies)
(hover, scuttle, acalypterate, dung, house & parasitoid flies, blue/green bottles)
(muscid flies: house fly, green bottles)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 2 feeding and other relationships of Musca autumnalis (Face Fly, Autumn House-fly)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) Generally by far the commonest member of the genus with us, this is a very common fly around cattle and horses (in whose dung it breeds) as well as farther afield. Both sexes have red eyes, a grey thorax with four conspicuous black stripes, and wings tinged orange towards the base, especially on the veins in the female. The male has a black abdomen with a large bright orange patch at each side, while the female is yet another fly whose abdomen sports a grey and black checkerboard of shimmer patches.
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