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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map