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Face Flies

Face Flies
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Face flies require fresh cattle or horse manure for development. The face fly looks virtually identical to the house fly but is somewhat larger and darker in color and male face flies have a notable orange-yellow-colored abdomen. Just like house flies, they also have sponging mouthparts and cannot bite. However, face fly behavior is distinctive because they are specifically attracted to the eyes, nose, and mouth of cattle and horses. That is why the name face fly. In fall, swarms of face flies may enter buildings or homes to hibernate through the winter months. On warm days, these hibernating flies can become active resulting in nuisance to the homeowners. When active, face flies are attracted to light, so they are frequently found flying inside homes near windows.