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Many species of flies are pests. Many people, if you were to ask them about flies, would be at least vaguely aware of the potential to flies to transmit disease organisms. But yet, for the most part, a fly is a fly is a fly. Sayings like "It must be about to rain, the house flies are biting" are still common and show a general need for more, readily accessible information, particularly about some of the pest flies.
Stable flies, obligate blood-feeders, are very important pests to the cattle industry and, at times, are pests to other groups (they're most likely the fly, but definintely not the house fly, referenced in the saying above). The bit of the stable fly is quite painful, not easily forgotten by someone out gardening or playing tennis, but otherwise the stable fly appears much the same as many other species of flies.
The symposium from which this publication originated was intended to review current knowledge on several major aspects of the stable fly. All of the talks from the symposium are contained in this publication. This document contains most of the current information available about the stable fly and will hopefully serve as a valuable reference for many audiences.