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Fly Yellow Dung-Fly

Yellow Dung Fly - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley


Latin name: Scathophaga stercoraria

Size: Approximately 10mms long

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to October.

Food: The adults feed on small insects on the dung. The larvae feed on dung.

Habitat: Pasture. Anywhere with horse, cow or sheep dung.

Special features: The males have bright yellow furry bodies. The females are slightly more dull coloured.

Click for a better view In early spring yellow dung-flies congregate on dung to mate and lay eggs. Their larvae feed and develop inside the dung.

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