stable fly

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The most widely recognized species of stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, resembles a smallish housefly, but, instead of the sponging mouthparts of a housefly, has a hard, dark, forward-projecting proboscis, capable of piercing an animal's skin for sucking blood.


stable fly (plural stable flies)

  1. Any of several medium-sized flies in the genus Stomoxys, of the family Muscidae that includes the housefly. The genus is unusual among members of that family, in that they suck blood from mammals.
    1. Stomoxys calcitrans.



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