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


Yellow Dung Fly

Scathophaga stercoraria

Who said romance was dead? These pair of flies surely didn’t think so. They found a nice pile of horse dung and let nature take its course.

The males are a very golden-yellow colour, and quite furry. The females are greyish green and not so furry. Length up to 10mm.

During summer the males swarm in large numbers on every cowpat to attract the less common females. After mating the females lay their eggs in the dung on which the larvae later feed on. The adults feed on other insects that frequent the dung.

Seen April to September wherever there is cattle or horse dung, like pastures and fields. Very common and widespread.

Photographs taken December 2015, local field, Staffordshire.