Stomoxys calcitrans, commonly known as the stable fly, is a small, dark fly with a distinctive pattern of light and dark stripes on its abdomen. It has a short, stout proboscis and a pair of long, slender antennae. It is found in warm, humid climates and prefers to feed on the blood of mammals, particularly cattle. The lifespan of the stable fly is approximately two weeks and its current population is estimated to be in the millions.
Name Origin: Stomoxys calcitrans is a species of fly commonly known as the stable fly. The genus name Stomoxys is derived from the Greek words stoma, meaning "mouth," and oxys, meaning "sharp," referring to the fly's piercing mouthparts. The species name calcitrans is derived from the Latin words calx, meaning "limestone," and trans, meaning "across," referring to the fly's habit of walking across limestone surfaces.
Related Species: Musca domestica, Haematobia irritans, Stomoxys niger, Stomoxys indica