Housefly (Musca domestica) A male Housefly poised to pounce on a passing female.

Musca domestica


Houseflies frequently enter houses as they prefer shaded areas, but they breed outdoors. Males perch in prominent positions on tables and bench tops, waiting to pounce on a passing female. Housefly larvae are white, legless maggots that live in moist decaying organic matter, such as household garbage and animal dung mixed with straw. Houseflies belong to the Family Muscidae, and are found throughout the world.


Adult length 5–8 mm. The top of the grey-dusted thorax has four thin, black stripes. The abdomen is yellowish with thin black bands and a central stripe.

Other similar muscid flies include the the native Bush Fly, Musca vetustissima. Some muscids, such as the buffalo fly, Haematobia irritans, bite humans and domestic stock. See buffalo fly control at the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation for more information.

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