Stable Fly - Stomoxys calcitrans

    Description

    It has a characteristic proboscis which protrudes forward from its head. It has an overall brown appearance.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    As the name suggests, this fly is found near to horses and other agricultural animals.

    When to see it

    Most of the year.

    Life History

    Adults are active during the day when they search out a host which they will bite in order to feed on the blood. It reproduces in rotting straw and other decaying vegetation.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map