Adults, 6 mm long with 12 mm wingspan. They have a grey thorax with three longitudinal stripes, less pronounced than those of the Common Housefly. The base of abdomen has an extensive yellow patch. At rest, wings are folded along the back; the fourth longitudinal wing vein is straight. They have an erratic flight pattern and are often seen flying around indoor light fittings. The Lesser housefly is more tolerant of cool conditions than the Common housefly.
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