Scathophaga furcata


The dung fly Scathophaga furcata tends to be a stout species with a dark marking on the outer side of the front femora (similar to S. lutaria which has a plumose arista). Legs entirely yellow, apart from the dark mark on the front femora and the antennae are orange-red. Wing length: male 4.5 to 6.0 mm  female 5.0 to 6 mm.

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A wide variety of habitats including grassland, woodland and wetland areas. They can be found on dung.

When to see it

Peak time is April to August.

Life History

They lay their eggs in dung, and that's what the larvae consume as they complete their development.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
17/04/2020 (Berriman, Matthew)
Last record:
06/02/2023 (Higgott, Mike)

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