stable fly

a two-winged fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, having the mouthparts adapted for biting, and commonly a household and stable pest. Also called biting housefly.
[1860-65]

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insect
      a species of vicious bloodsucking fly in the family Muscidae (sometimes placed in the family Stomoxyidae) in the fly order, Diptera. Stable flies are usually found in open sunny areas, although they may enter a house during bad weather. Often known as biting houseflies, they may transmit anthrax and other animal diseases.

      The female must feed on blood before she can lay her eggs. Eggs are laid and larvae develop in rotting or fermenting straw. The life cycle requires about three weeks. The stable fly is best controlled by the elimination of breeding areas.

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  • Stable fly — Stable Sta ble, n. [OF. estable, F. [ e]table, from L. stabulum, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable; a cow …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stable fly — n a biting dipteran fly of the genus Stomoxys (S. calcitrans) that is abundant about stables and often enters dwellings esp. in autumn * * * Stomoxys calcitrans …   Medical dictionary

  • Stable fly — Taxobox name = Stable Fly image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Endopterygota| ordo = Diptera subordo = Brachycera infraordo =… …   Wikipedia

  • stable fly — noun Etymology: stable (I) 1. : a two winged fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) that is abundant about stables and often enters dwellings especially in autumn and that resembles the common housefly but bites severely 2. : a fly (Muscina stabulans) that is …   Useful english dictionary

  • stable fly — sta′ble fly n. ent a two winged fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, having the mouthparts adapted for biting: a common household and stable pest …   From formal English to slang

  • stable fly — noun a) Any of several large flies, of the family Muscidae is that it sucks blood from mammals. b) Stomoxys calcitrans. Syn: barn fly, dog fly, pwer mower fly, biting house fly …   Wiktionary

  • stable fly — noun Date: 1862 a biting dipteran fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) that resembles the common housefly and is abundant about stables …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stable fly — noun a bloodsucking fly related to the housefly, biting large mammals including humans. [Stomoxis calcitrans.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • false stable fly — noun see stable fly …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stable — Sta ble, n. [OF. estable, F. [ e]table, from L. stabulum, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable; a cow stable …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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