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Cluster fly

Pollenia rudis

cluster fly

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension

Cluster fly

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Description: 3/8 - 1/2 inch long. House fly-like; grayish black; with short yellowish hairs on thorax.

Where/When: Cluster flies are found in and around homes during fall and spring, and occasionally during winter when mild temperatures occur.

Significance: Cluster flies do not harm people or property, although they can be a nuisance, especially when large numbers are present. They do not reproduce indoors.

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