Common Yellow Dung Fly


Scathophaga stercoraria – flies, like spiders, are not everyones cup tea, I know … but here is another fly, this one I discovered resting on fern. Double-click image to enlarge.


Common Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria

© Peter Hillman ♦ 22nd June 2019 ♦ Local woodland path, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


18 thoughts on “Common Yellow Dung Fly

      • Exactly right. Each fly foot has two fat footpads that give the insect plenty of surface area with which to cling. The adhesive pads on the feet, called pulvilli, come equipped with tiny hairs that have spatula-like tips. These hairs are called setae. (From a quick Google search of “the feet of flies; there’s lots more info there.)

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  1. I like his red eyes, but wouldn’t want his mucky little feet trampling on my dinner. Flies are very interesting looking up close though and this one is an unusual colour, at least I’ve never seen a yellow one.

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