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Housefly? - Musca

Housefly? - Musca
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
November 19, 2005
Size: 1/4 inch
This has 4 stripes on the thorax, the pattern of wing veins looks identical to that in pictures of Musca domestica, and it was certainly more than annoying enough!

The weather was warm, so I was walking around barefoot. The flies were apparently attracted to the sweat on my skin and constantly kept lighting on my feet and arms (mostly my camera arm, of course!). The pictures here are either on my foot or on my pants leg.

There were two flies that followed me around, so I'm not positive that these are the same specimen.

Images of this individual: tag all
Housefly? - Musca Housefly? - Musca Housefly? - Musca

Moved from Muscinae.


Moved from Muscoidea.


looks like one to me
I would say that this image and the one I posted here both look like female House Flies. Their wing venation matches the pictures of Musca domestica at this U. of Pennsylvania page and this U. of Nebraska page.
Females of the Face Fly (Musca autumnalis) apparently have a narrower frontal stripe that occupies only a third of the distance between the eyes, as shown in the photo on this Govt. of Saskatchewan page. In female House Flies, the frontal stripe occupies more than half the distance between the eyes, as seen in both of our photos and in the pictures linked to above.

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