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Stable Flies

Stable Flies
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Stable flies, sometimes called the "biting fly," is a common fly that attacks people living in neighborhoods where livestock animals (e.g., horses, cattle, and sheep) are present or that are close to Farms with livestock.

Stable flies typically appear in mid-spring, can become severe in early summer, and decrease in numbers throughout the remaining summer months. These flies are similar in appearance to house flies, except that stable flies have a bayonet like mouthpart protruding from the front of the head and they lack the four dark stripes on the thorax that house flies have.

Under optimal temperatures, the stable fly can develop from egg to adult in 12 days. Both sexes of stable flies feed about once per day on the blood of animals (and sometimes people) and are known to give a painful bite.