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Any of various flies of the family Muscidae, which includes the common housefly.

[From New Latin Muscidae, family name, from Musca, type genus, from Latin musca, fly.]

mus′cid adj.
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(Animals) any fly of the dipterous family Muscidae, including the housefly and tsetse fly
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Muscidae
[C19: via New Latin from Latin musca fly]
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4) was found stuck in a set in the portion of the abdomen of the muscid O.
Responses to various types of light have been studied in some muscid and calliphorid flies (Zablocka 1972; Meyer 1978; Pickens 1989; Smallegange 2004), but have not been well studied in diurnal Diptera, including in the economically important family Tephritidae.
In the Neotropical region, 850 species in 84 genera of Muscid flies were recognized [39].
The genus Thelazia is primarily the eyeworm includes a cosmopolitan group of eyeworm spirurids responsible for ocular infections in domestic as well as wild animals and transmitted by muscid flies.
Diptera are among the first to colonize carrion with seres of blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae), flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) and muscid flies (Diptera: Muscidae) present throughout the early stages of decay (Payne, 1965; Byrd and Castner, 2010).
In addition to including before-splat and after-splat color plates of 24 kinds of insects, his book includes insect natural history and ideas for readers to conduct their own research projects (check out "Fun Things To Do With Muscid Flies").
For example, sepsid, muscid, and anthomyiid flies preferred pseudoflowers, whereas syrphid flies and an agromyzid fly (which was grouped with "small flies" in Table 1) tended to visit anemone more often (Table 1).
Further, spread of the disease was no doubt enhanced through indirect transmission that may have included handling food items with contaminated hands and/or muscid flies acting as mechanical vectors.
Muscid flies (Diptera: Muscidae) have been recorded as frequent Stylogaster hosts and this association in the Afrotropical Region has been recently treated.
Assembly rules in muscid fly assemblages in the grasslands biome of Southern Brazil.