Musca domestica

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The common house fly found worldwide with over 90% of all house flies in association with man is Musca domestica. It is the classic pest. However its close relationship with man which has essentially ensured its success as the most widespread insect also ensures breakdown of waste organic matter. They are active only in daytime, and can fly for several miles from the breeding place. They have evolved complex breeding (sexual) behaviour, resistance to insecticides and hibernation abilities. Disease is transmitted mechanically on fly hairs, mouthparts, vomitus (used to dissove solid waste) and faeces and includes:


  • Superkingdom Eukaryota
    • Kingdom Metazoa (Animalia)
      • Subkingdom Bilateria
        • Infrakingdom Deuterostomia
          • Phylum Arthropoda
            • Superclass Hexapoda
              • Class Insecta
                • Subclass Neoptera
                  • Infraclass Endopterygota
                    • Order Diptera (flies)
                      • Suborder Brachycera
                        • Infraorder Muscomorpha
                          • Undefined suborder Eremoneura (lonely veined)
                            • Undefined suborder Cyclorrhapha (circular aperture through which the adult escapes the puparium)
                              • Undefined suborder Schizophora (have ptilinum)
                                • Undefined suborder Calyptratae (calypter that covers the halteres)
                                  • Superfamily Muscoidea
                                    • Family Muscidae (house flies)
                                      • Genus Musca
                                        • Species Musca domestica