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What sort of fly is this please?

Observed: 15th June 2011 By: maddoggiraffemaddoggiraffe’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Very small, approx half the size of a house fly, found in reeds whilst watching Dragon Flys.

    Likely ID
    Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • Graham JamesGraham James’s reputation in InvertebratesGraham James’s reputation in InvertebratesGraham James’s reputation in Invertebrates
    • Martin Harvey
      Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
      Invertebrates expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Fly for ID

Looks like a yellow dung fly to me - Scathophaga sp.

Martin Harvey's picture

Yellow Dung Fly

This is very likely to be Scathophaga stercoraria, the Yellow Dung Fly, which has dark antennae (most, but not all, the related species have yellowish antennae).

Entomologist and biological recorder