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Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria
Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria

Common yellow dung fly
The common yellow dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), also called the golden dung fly, belongs to the family dung flies (Scathophagidae) and the genus Scathophaga. This species is common and widespread throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
Common Yellow Dung fly - front view
Common Yellow Dung fly - front view
The adult common yellow dung flies reach body lengths of 5-12 mm. They are brown, yellowish-brown, golden, yellow (male) to yellowish-green (female) and are covered in dense furry hair. Common yellow dung flies have yellow faces with whitish-gray or sometimes slightly brownish foreheads. In the centre of their chest section (mesonotum) is a narrow red stripe. Their antennae and proboscis are black and their legs are yellow.
Fly - Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria
Fly - Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria
They have black bristles on the central section of the chest and two fine dark, longitudinal lines are visible there. The common yellow dung fly has greyish-brown transparent wings with red to yellow edges at the front. The abdomen of the females is greyish-brown with black hair, while the abdomen of the male is light yellow in colour.
Common Yellow Dung fly - side face
Common Yellow Dung fly - side face
The common yellow dung fly’s habitat of preference is animal pastures, where it can be found on dung heaps. It is also encountered in gardens, where it feeds on compost. The adult flies feed on nectar from flowers or on the body fluids of small insects.
The females lay their eggs in dung heaps and the larvae develop there. The larvae reach body lengths of up to 10 mm and prey on other insects’ larvae (mostly Diptera).

Scathophaga stercoraria
Common namesYellow dung fly, Golden dung fly, Common Yellow Dung-fly
German namesGelbe Dungfliege, Mistfliege
Dutch namesStrontvlieg
Danish namesGødningsflue, Almindelig gødningsflue
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia)), Iceland), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic), Southeast Europe (Greece), East Europe (Ukraine)
West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), Far East (East Asia (Japan, Mongolia, Korea (South Korea))), South Asia (Afghanistan)
North America
Mexico, Canada (Ontario), USA
Caribbean islands (Antilles (Greater Antilles (Haiti)))
Southern Africa
Republic South Africa

Ecozones: Nearctic

Distribution by Synonymus:
Musca exilis   England
CountriesAfghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesScathophaga stercoraria in
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1. Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria
2. Common Yellow Dung fly - front view
3. Fly - Common Yellow Dung fly - Scathophaga stercoraria
4. Common Yellow Dung fly - side face
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