Yellow Dung Fly - Scathophaga stercoraria


The male is golden yellow, whilst the female has a greener appearance and is less furry.

Identification difficulty

It is very common in cattle farming areas.

When to see it

March to November peaking in summer.

Life History

The adult fly is mainly carnivorous and catches smaller insects, though also eats nectar. As the name suggests, this fly lays its eggs mainly on cowpats.

UK Status

Very common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map