Muscina prolapsa

    Description

    Length 7 or 8 mm, bluish grey with black stripes on the thorax. Muscina flies have a pale tip to the scutellum.

    Similar Species

    Other Muscina flies are similar. M. levida can be distinguished from prolapsa by its wing venation - cell r5 is wider at the apex.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In well wooded or well vegetated areas where they sun themselves on the trunks of trees. They may sometimes be found near to rotting material where they deposit their eggs.

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn.

    Life History

    Muscina flies commonly breed in manure and defecate on food, which has been linked to the spread of some disease and illnesses. The occurrence of Muscina larvae on dead bodies has led to their regular use in forensic investigations, as they may be used to estimate the time of death.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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