Dung Fly

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Common Name: Dung Fly

Order Name: Diptera

Family Name: Scathophagidae

This Brazilian dung fly was close to its egg laying goal after locating dropping on the forest floor. The larvae of these flies will burrow into and feed on dung and rotting plant material before pupating in the soil. They are very similar in appearance to some of the Muscid house flies. Adults are predaceous feeding on other flies and other insects with the help of a piercing proboscis. Males possess more hair than the females and have yellow coloration.