Gray thorax with four longitudinal dark lines; gray abdomen with dark cross-grooves; dark-red compound eyes. Distinguished from flesh flies by a smaller body and no checker pattern on the abdomen.
Attracted to all food sources. Females are attracted to human refuse or decaying matter where they deposit their eggs. May carry diseases.
Adults feed on liquids or solid foods softened by saliva. Larvae feed on decaying organic matter.
Widespread and common in human habitats.