Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

House Fly or Flesh fly

Musca domestica or Sarcophagidae


The position in the first picture was a bit of a surprice. Lasted for app. 20 seconds, and after the reproduction session was over. They are not stuck in a web, they are standing on a web-nest from a type of moth.


Mixed meadow and woodland in the outskirts of a small town.


100 pathogens associated with the house fly may cause disease in humans and animals; pathogens are picked up by flies from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth, and transferred to human and animal food on fly mouthparts, other contaminated body parts, or through their vomitus/feces (

No species ID suggestions


injica 5 years ago

Well I'm not sure but here is the key saying that the central band on the thorax shouldn't extend to the wings....I'd say is some sort of flesh fly

arlanda 5 years ago


Sam10 5 years ago

Very interesting, thanks!

Tiz 5 years ago

They are vectors. Vector-borne transmission occurs when infectious agent carried by an insect or an animal (vector) to a susceptible host. A lot of different types of animals can be vectors of different virus, bacteria and parasites without getting injured/sick from it themselves.

FaredinAliyevski 5 years ago

Nice catch, totally scandinavian style :)

Sam10 5 years ago

So do the house flies have a resistance to these pathogens?

Uppsala län, Sweden

Lat: 59.62, Long: 17.09

Spotted on Jun 19, 2013
Submitted on Jun 24, 2013

Spotted for mission

Related spottings

Musca housefly Fly Housefly

Nearby spottings

Spider with egg sack 14-spotted Lady Beetle Burgundy snail Nonbiting midge