Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Ophyra aenescens

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2225


Liquid manure fly or garbage fly.

General Information

This muscid fly is found in Europe, nearctic, neotropic, and pacific regions, reaching a size of 6 mm and was apparently imported from America. Now it is used for biological control of stable flies (  Stomoxys ). The Ophyra larvae live as predators and may feed up to 20 Musca larvae.

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