Face Fly

Musca autumnalis


Over all length 7 - 8mm. The thorax is dark with partial grey stripes from the front. The abdomen is dull orange with a black central stripe and whitish patches on the final segment.


Normally found near animals. The adults feed on secretions from the eyes and noses of cattle and horses. The larvae feed in cow-pats.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in southern Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to October.