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Common Yellow Dung fly - Scatophaga stercoraria - side face
Common Yellow Dung fly - Scatophaga stercoraria - side face


Dung flies
Dung flies (Scatophagidae) belong to the order Diptera , the suborder Brachycera and to the superfamily Muscoidea, within which they form a separate family. Dung flies are found throughout the world. There are approximately 300 species worldwide, of which about 100 are known in Europe and up to 140 in North America . Some examples are: common yellow dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), Coproica acutangula, Parallelomma vittatum, Scathophaga litorea and Lotophila atra.
Dung fly - presumably  Scathophaga furcata
Dung fly - presumably Scathophaga furcata
Dung flies reach body lengths of 3-14 mm. The various species are largely distinguishable by their hair coat alone. The larvae have long appendages at the end of their abdomens.
Dung Fly - Scatophagidae
Dung Fly - Scatophagidae
While the adults of some dung fly species prey on small insects or larvae, other types live off feces. The larvae eat parts of plants (leaves, cambium, boll) and rotting plants , or live off feces like the adults.

Genera97
Species903
Common namesDung flies, Scats
German namesDungfliegen, Mistfliegen
Dutch namesMestvliegen, Strontvliegen
Danish namesGødningfluer, Møgfluer
Finnish namesLantakärpäset
Norwegian namesÅkerfluer
Swedish namesKolvflugor
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
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Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesScathophagidae in faunaeur.org
Scathophagidae in itis.gov
Scathophagidae in dyntaxa.se
Scathophagidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Dung Flies"
- Yellow Dung Fly
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1. Common Yellow Dung fly - Scatophaga stercoraria - side face
2. Dung fly - presumably Scathophaga furcata
3. Dung Fly - Scatophagidae
Quick search: Larvae - Dung - Fly - Flies - Scatophagidae - Yellow
Examples - Small - Larva - Body - Common - Europe - Feed - Face
Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionSchizophora
SubsectionCalyptratae
Calyptrate muscoids
SuperfamilyMuscoidea
FamilyScathophagidae
Dung flies, Scats
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
 
Synonyms
Cordyluridae
Scatophagidae
Scopeumatidae
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