The common housefly, Musca domestica, is a considerable component of nutrient recy-cling in the environment. Notes on certain points of economic importance in the biology of the house fly. 1396 pp. that region of the Earth between 23.5 degrees North and 60 degrees North (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle) and between 23.5 degrees South and 60 degrees South (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle). February 24, 2012 Adults average about 5 … Houseflies are loosely associated with dung beetles (xxxx xxxx). 1962. 1970. Scientists have calculated that a pair of flies beginning reproduction in April may be progenitors, under optimal conditions and if all were to live, of 191,010,000,000,000,000,000 flies by August. All garbage receptacles should be located as far from building entrances as possible. All populations sampled showed evidence of the presence of Hermes transposons (Figure 2). Photograph by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This page has three tables, (1) Identification, (2) Look-alike … The lower surface of these lobes contains numerous transverse grooves that serve as liquid food channels. Figure 9. Muscalure is formulated with sugar as a commercially-available fly bait for local population suppression, as well as an enhancement for population monitoring. Wet straw should not be allowed to pile up in or near buildings. Living in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea and associated islands. Houseflies are found almost anywhere, especially in areas that humans also inhabit. Garbage cans and dumpsters should have tight-fitting lids and be cleaned regularly. West LS. This is why houseflies have a tendency to crawl on food. Figure 5. March 26, 2012 1983. Journal of Economic Entomology 63: 400-405. Food and materials on which the flies can lay eggs must be removed, destroyed as a breeding medium, or isolated from the egg-laying adult. The abdomen is gray or yellowish with dark midline and irregular dark markings on the sides. The Animal Diversity Web team is excited to announce ADW Pocket Guides! Striking may occur while both flies are in flight or while resting on the ground. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 66 (6): 1249-1257. Disclaimer: Spot cards are 3-inch by 5-inch white index cards attached to fly resting surface. Other breeding mediums include rotten fruit and vegetables, old broth, boiled eggs, and even rubber. Sanitation or cultural control. Photograph by Matt Aubuchon, University of Florida. Sex ratio selection and multi-factorial sex determination in the housefly: a dynamic model. 1989. In sensitive environments such as food preparation and packing facilities, restaurants, and hospitals, even small numbers of flies cannot be tolerated. The courtship ritual includes orientation, landing, wing-out, leg-up, head lapping, head touching, boxing, backing, genital orientation, genital contact, and copulation. New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.. Tobin, E., J. Stoffolano. Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 151: 651-654. Researchers observe the electrical spikes in the stimulation of olfactory cells on their antennae to determine if the housefly under study is attracted or repelled by an odor. The adult black dump fly is similar in appearance to the adult house fly (Hogsette and Jacobs 2003). selective applications of insecticides against the adult, start insecticide control measures early in the spring before flies appear and repeat as frequently as needed through the warm months, and. Kozielska, M., I. Seymour RC, Campbell JB. 2002. The House Fly: Musca Domestica, Linnaeus: Its Structure, Habits, Development, Relation to Disease and Control. Overview Top of page. With the increasing incidence of insecticide resistant house fly populations, rising costs of insecticides and a growing public concern about actual or potential problems associated with insecticides, interest in alternative house fly control strategies has increased. The home range depends on the availability of resources, specifically human garbage. The Role of Medium Conditioning in the Population Dynamics of the Housefly. LaBrecque, G., D. Meifert, C. Smith. Good sanitation is the basic step in any fly management program. Oviposition commences four to 20 days after copulation. Rutz DA, Axtell RC. This vibration is often accompanied by a loud buzzing sound. at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/aesa/1970/00000063/00000003/art00026. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Entomology. Photograph by Jerry F. Butler, University of Florida. A count of 100 or more fecal or vomit spots per card per week indicates a high level of fly activity and a need for control. Photograph by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "House Flies" (On-line). Accessed Studies of Behavior of Macrocheles muscaedomesticae with Emphasis on its Attraction to the House Fly. 1, 1 Edition. (no longer available online). For control at waste disposal sites, refuse should be deposited onto the same area as inorganic wastes to deteriorate the capacity of breeding resources, or the disposed refuse should be covered with inorganic wastes (15 cm thickness). Development of house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) in sand containing various amounts of manure solids and moisture. Larva: Early instar larvae are 3 to 9 mm long, typical creamy whitish in color, cylindrical but tapering toward the head. 1925. Flies do not orient to traps from a great distance, so several are normally needed for them to be effective. 2002. Hogsette JA, Jacobs RD, Miller RW. Figure 10. The posterior spiracles are slightly raised and the spiracular openings are sinuous slits which are completely surrounded by an oval black border. Ichneumonids and other parasitoids, as well as some predatory insects (especially histerids [Coleoptera: Histeridae] and staphylinids [Coleoptera: Staphylinidae]), also contribute to fly mortality, but under optimal fly breeding conditions the house fly quickly builds to high numbers. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 16, 2: 161-169. Extreme temperatures are most dangerous to the life of houseflies when the humidity is high. The female can be distinguished from the male by the relatively wide space between the eyes (in males, the eyes almost touch). The house fly, Musca domestica, is one of the best-known and most widely distributed insects known to humans. In insects, "incomplete metamorphosis" is when young animals are similar to adults and change gradually into the adult form, and "complete metamorphosis" is when there is a profound change between larval and adult forms. The House Fly, Musca domestica. The last 4 segments are normally retracted but they extend to make the ovipositor when the female lays her eggs. found in the oriental region of the world. Indoors, ultraviolet light traps collect the flies inside an inverted cone or kill them with an electrocuting grid. Pathogenic organisms are picked up by flies from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth, and then transferred on their mouthparts, through their vomitus, feces and contaminated external body parts to human and animal food. Musca domestica domestica Linnaeus; Taxonomic Tree Top of page. The more commonly used control measures for house flies are sanitation, use of traps, and insecticides, but in some instances integrated fly control has been implemented. Their wings are translucent and fold back straight at rest. February 24, 2012 House fly (Musca: Muscidae) control in broiler-breeder poultry houses by pupal parasites (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae): indigenous parasite species and releases of. Mouthparts are comprised of two fleshy, grooved lobes called the labella, which are attached to the lower lip, known as the labium. The picture shows the original description of Musca domestica which includes the diagnosis, bilbliography, distribution and biology [20]. In North America and Europe, houseflies are common from July through September. Not only are house flies a nuisance, but they can also transport disease-causing organisms. (Bryant and Hall, 1999; Kozielska, et al., 2006; Kozielska, et al., 2011; Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Several mechanisms exist for sex determination in houseflies: male heterogamy (the presence of a Y chromosome makes an individual male), a dominant autosomal male determining factor, a dominant autosomal female determining factor, a maternal effect factor "Ag" (where Ag/+ females produce only sons, +/+ females produce only daughters, and Ag/Ag means the female will die), and also an epigenetic male determiner (the interaction between another gene and female genes of the egg can result in a male offspring). Other hairs used to sense air flow are located all over their body. This is possibly because dark toned objects trigger housefly courtship. Macrocheles muscaedomesticae is attracted to the odor of manure found on houseflies. Morgan PB, Weidhaas DE, Patterson RS. Hogsette JA. The sex pheromone (Z)-9-tricosene also functions as an aggregation pheromone, and is called muscalure. March 26, 2012 January 24, 2012 The more important in poultry facilities are the wasps Muscidifurax raptor and Sphalangia cameroni. 1970. at http://www.springerlink.com/content/q1gq5g8385j45414/fulltext.pdf. (Bryant and Hall, 1999; Kozielska, et al., 2006; Kozielska, et al., 2011; Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), In warm weather, housefly larvae hatch within 8 to 12 hours. On the behavior and sensory physiology of the house-fly larva, Musca domestica L. II. The use of biological control in fly management is still at a relatively early stage. Newton, B. having a worldwide distribution. The house fly is often confused with the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (Linnaeus), and the false stable fly, Muscina stabulans (Germar). Large sticky traps for capturing house flies. Jalil, M., J. Rodriguez. living in sub-Saharan Africa (south of 30 degrees north) and Madagascar. 2000. Figure 7. Flies and tuberculosis. The similar-sized fleshfly Sarcodexia lambens has thorax with 3 black stripes. Lateral view of the head of an adult house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus. 2001. J.B. Lippincott Co. London 103 pp. Around homes and businesses, screening or covering of windows, doors or air doors, and trash containers proves useful in denying access of flies to breeding sites. Scott JG, Alefantis TG, Kaufman PE, Rutz DA. Figure 3. Houseflies are highly abundant and not threatened or endangered. Seasonal abundance and parasitism of house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) pupae in enclosed, shallow-pit poultry houses in Indiana. The distribution of GluCls in the housefly (Musca domestica L.) was thus compared with the distribution of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-gated chloride channels (GABACls). (Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Houseflies are primarily found in temperate regions. Humans may use housefly larvae or pupae to feed domesticated animals. Journal of Medical Entomology 1: 131-147. Distribution of Hermes in M. domestica. New York, N.Y.: Dorling Kindersley Inc.. Murvosh, C., R. Fye, G. Labrecque. Houseflies can only intake food in liquid form. Figure 4. A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. Anderson JR, Poorbaugh JH. helps break down and decompose dead plants and/or animals, uses smells or other chemicals to communicate, an animal that mainly eats the dung of other animals. Environmental Entomology 31, … Comstock Publ Co. Ithaca, N.Y. 584 pp. A small patch of small spines lies ventrally between abdomen 1 and 7 but is absent on the thoracic segments. (Hafez, 2005; Hewitt, 1914; Kelling, et al., 2002; Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Houseflies are attracted to sources of food through their strong olfactory sense. The thorax bears four narrow black stripes and there is a sharp upward bend in the fourth longitudinal wing vein. An Introduction to the Study of Insects. Savage EP, Scoof HF. Swan, L., C. Papp. Once the larva fully develops, it is a pupa for 4 days. Figure 2. Indoors, the control of flies includes automatic misters, fly paper, electrocuting and baited traps that can be used in milk rooms and other areas of low fly numbers. More commonly, insecticides (especially insect growth regulators) can be fed to livestock, and residual insecticide in the manure inhibits fly breeding. Photograph by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Accessed Continuous exposure of flies to insecticides has led to development of insecticide resistance to many insecticides. #320. pp. The second pair is reduced to halteres, which are used for balance. Rutz DA, Kaufman PE, Waldron JK. SIMILAR SPECIES: Skin Fly (Musca sorbens) has thorax with 2 black stripes (vs. 4). In this study, we examine the biodegradation of dairy Figure 1. Kozielska, M., L. Beukeboom, F. Weissing, I. Flies commonly develop in large numbers in poultry manure under caged hens, and this is a serious problem requiring control. This allows females to bury the eggs several mm below the surface. The underside of the male is yellowish. Females can lay all of their eggs after fertilization by just one male. Orlando, Florida: Saunders College Publishing. Males may also strike inanimate objects. Encyclopedia on Insects, Vol. Pest Management Science 58: 174-178. Observations on the ethology and ecology of various Diptera associated with Northern California poultry ranches. The house fly overwinters in either the larval or pupal stage under manure piles or in other protected locations. (Bryant and Hall, 1999; Kelling, et al., 2002), Adult houseflies are attracted to soil or animal feces that has chemicals called metabolites in it from other larvae. In general, in homes the threshold is very low and control actions are taken with few flies. House fly puparia, each with a hole from which a single wasp emerged after feeding on the pupa. Manure can also be liquefied and stored in lagoons anaerobically, though at some point the solids need to be separated. Since the house fly can complete its life cycle in as little as seven days, removal of wet manure at least twice a week is necessary to break the breeding cycle. at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/envent/1988/00000017/00000002/art00030. Housefly Musca domestica. Accessed In North Florida, releases conducted with Sphalangia endius showed that they could successfully parasitize pupae, both above and below the soil surface. The larva of the black dump fly, Hydrotaea (=Ophyra) aenescens, is also regaining popularity as a biological control agent for controlling house flies on poultry farms without the use of pesticides. Age structure and reproductive biology of a natural house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) population. All three are in the same family. April 06, 2012 It is the most common species found on hog and poultry farms, horse stables and ranches. 1993. They can beat their wings up to 1,000 times per minute, which creates a buzzing noise. Fruit and vegetable cull piles, partially incinerated garbage, and incompletely composted manure also are highly favored sites for breeding. GIE Media, Cleveland. Leaving a layer of old manure in the pits when manure is removed might enhance or stabilize the suppression of the house flies densities by parasitoids and predators. Pen. 1999. Topics Hewitt, C. 1914. (Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Adult houseflies have short antennae, a gray thorax with four darker longitudinal stripes, and a gray or yellow abdomen with a darker median line and irregular pale yellowish spot at the anterior lateral margins. Because larval house flies (Musca domestica L.) have been shown to require the ingestion of live bacteria to undergo development and pupariation (Zurek et al. Sanchez-Arroyo, H., J. Capinera. Among the pathogens commonly transmitted by house flies are Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Escherichia, Enterococcus, Chlamydia, and many other species that cause illness. A strike occurring on the ground involves the male jumping on the female. It is believed to have evolved in the Cenozoic Era, possibly in the Middle East, and has spread all over the world as a commensal of humans. Effects of temperature, food, and sucrose feeding on longevity of the house fly (Diptera: Muscidae). University of Kentucky Entomology. Internal hydrocarbons increased dramatically in relation to sexual maturation and were found in the hemolymph, ovaries, digestive tract, and fat body. "Sex determination and sexual conflict in the housefly, Musca domestica" Compound eyes also give them a keen sense of sight and the ability to recognize lights and motions. Biological control. Background odour induces adaptions and sensitization of olfactory receptors in the antennae of houseflies. Predation by Predators of the House Fly in Manure: Effects of Predator Density, Feeding History, Interspecific Interference, and Field Conditions. referring to animal species that have been transported to and established populations in regions outside of their natural range, usually through human action. Ceden, C., R. Stinner, R. Axtell. Bryant, E., A. The pathogens are transported on the fly s cuticle and proboscis, by regurgitation or through the feces (Greenberg, 1970, 1973). (Hewitt, 1914; Marshall, 2006; Murvosh, et al., 1964; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Houseflies reproduce at an extremely high rate relative to other species of flies. (Hewitt, 1914; Marshall, 2006; Murvosh, et al., 1964; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Striking may also occur between two males because some male houseflies have incomplete sex recognition, and also because females exhibit low levels of sex pheromones. A female that has mated before will more likely be passive towards copulation or resist it. March 25, 2012 This is why larvae are commonly found in garbage. Adult resting and larval development sites of stable flies and house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on dairies in Alberta. Influence of larval density and temperature in poultry manure on development of the house fly (Diptera: Muscidae). In other words, India and southeast Asia. Journal of Economic Entomology 86: 1746-1753. 1987. They are most abundant during the warm seasons, but some adults may survive through the winter season in temperate areas. In situations where plumbing is lacking, such as open latrines, serious health problems can develop, especially if there are outdoor food markets, hospitals, or slaughter houses nearby. Intermediate density is the most favorable growing condition for larvae. Egg: The white egg, about 1.2 mm in length, is laid singly but eggs are piled in small groups. According to a study conducted in Texas, USA, breeding site suitability (in descending order), was horse manure, human excrement, cow manure, fermenting vegetable matter, and kitchen waste. Feeding occurs in the larval stage, and the wasp eventually emerges as an adult. Distribution map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. Accessed 1964. Kelling, F., F. Lalenti, C. Den Otter. Houseflies transmitted helminthic eggs, protozoa cysts and trophozoites, bacteria fungi, and virus by mechanical transmission through its vomits or excreta. The Insects: An Outline of Entomology, 4th Edition. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. In cooler weather, hatching takes up to 24 hours. 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Use of housefly larvae to biodegrade manure presents an oppor-tunity to reduce waste disposal while the rapidly assimilated insect biomass can also be used as a protein rich animal feed. Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity. Dry garbage and trash should be placed in plastic garbage bags and sealed up. Adult house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus. They normally function by electrocuting flies that enter the trap, though those used in restaurants typically have a sticky panel. It is commonly associated with animal feces, but has adapted well to feeding on garbage, so it is abundant almost anywhere people live. (Hafez, 2005; Hewitt, 1914; Kelling, et al., 2002; Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Housefly larvae exhibit migratory behavior in preparation for their pupal stage. In North Carolina, tests showed that when house fly populations occur near the surface on the drier periphery of the manure, the conditions favor parasitism by Muscidifurax raptor. (Hewitt, 1914; Marshall, 2006; Murvosh, et al., 1964; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), The process of mating begins when the male strikes the female. They should be operated continuously, although they are most effective when the room lights are off. having a body temperature that fluctuates with that of the immediate environment; having no mechanism or a poorly developed mechanism for regulating internal body temperature. 1914. (Borror, et al., 1989; Dahlem, 2003; Hewitt, 1914; Marshall, 2006; Robinson, 2005; Swan and Papp, 1972), Like many flies (Diptera), mouthparts of adults are sponge-like. Insects: Spiders and Other Terrestrial Arthropods. 1985. The sticky card: device for studying the distribution of adult house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) populations in closed poultry houses. They are believed to have originated in temperate regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. Houseflies do not bite. Identification: House fly adults typically occur in and around barns, stables, feedlots and confined animal facilities. Males seek to mate with many females. They have red eyes, set farther apart in the slightly larger female. 2013. 1981. This common fly originated on the steppes of central Asia, but now occurs on all inhabited continents, in all climates from tropical to temperate, and in a variety of environments ranging from rural to urban. the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic. Though houseflies intake food through their labella, they taste their food through their feet. Musca domestica was proved by Susan Sonz and Robert Stewart of the New York School of Homœopathy in 1999. Dermatobia hominis is the primary human bot fly.Cochliomyia hominovorax is the primary screwworm fly in the New World and Chrysomya bezziana is the Old World screwworm.Cordylobia anthropophaga is known as the tumbu fly. Lysyk TJ. ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. Olfactory senses are used extensively to find food. Accessed Studies have found K. oxytoca on the surface of housefly eggs. Jonelle Doctor (author), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Catherine Kent (editor), Special Projects. Each female fly can lay up to 500 eggs in several batches of 75 to 150 eggs over a three to four day period. Causal Agent. Spilled feed should not be allowed to accumulate. Integrated fly-control program for caged-poultry houses. Musca domestica is grey, with yellowish edges to its abdomen in the female and is 6-7 mm long. The larvae have mouth hooks used to filter-feed on masses of bacteria. The Ohio Journal of Science, 64(4): 264-271. The potential reproductive capacity of flies is tremendous, but fortunately can never be realized. Specifically, dung heaps, garbage cans, and mammalian road kill are the best environments for larvae to develop. There are three sub-species, and over 50 species that had previously been described as separate species are now known to just be this species (syntypes). Photograph by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. To break down harder foods, houseflies deposit saliva and stomach contents from their crop onto their food, which makes it easier to digest. Houseflies can complete their life cycle in as little as 7 to 10 days, so as many as 10 to 12 generations may occur in one summer. The threshold density for determining when to control flies depends on the area where the control measures will be taken. Axtell RC. 1991. Environmental Entomology, 17, 2: 320-329. The house fly has a complete metamorphosis with distinct egg, larval or maggot, pupal and adult stages. Hall. Gândac negricios (Alphitobius diaperinus) Metoda de aplicare: Hewitt CG. Not only are house flies a nuisance, but they can also transport disease-causing organisms. The distribution of sex-determinants in field populations of Musca domestica domestica L. was studied in 62 samples of flies collected at 53 sites (animal farms) between 1975 and 1981 in an area stretching North–South from Denmark (+ Iceland) to Sicily.. Karyological observations and genetic analyses demonstrated the existence of three types of population along a latitudinal cline. living in landscapes dominated by human agriculture. islands that are not part of continental shelf areas, they are not, and have never been, connected to a continental land mass, most typically these are volcanic islands. at http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/house-flies. Insecticide resistance in house flies from caged-layer poultry facilities. (Robinson, 2005), Perception channels in houseflies include olfactory, tactile, vision, and chemical signals such as pheromones. 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