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Stable Fly Stomoxys calcitrans

The Face Fly may be a pest for cattle, the Stable Fly is a pest for cattle and humans alike. It is similar to the Common House Fly. But studying it closely reveals a firm, short, stinging snout. With it the Stable Fly sucks blood from mammals, including cattle and humans. Cattle usually is stung in the lower half of the body. Attacks on humans concentrate on the lower legs, especially the ankles. The sting is painful, but not as painful as the sting of a wasp. But as the Stable Fly may appear in great numbers, this is not much of a consolation. The larvae are found in dung.

The Stable Fly is also known as the Barn Fly.