The Golden Dung Fly

If your name has the word “gold” in it, you might expect to get some respect.  But maybe not so much.


Scatophaga stercoraria is a gorgeous, golden colored fly.  Hence the “gold” in its name.  But phaga refers to eating, and scat means…well, scat.

But the adult has a different diet than the larva.  This one is eating a syrphid fly.  I see the golden dung flies quite often and I knew they were predators, but this is the first I have seen one with prey.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to The Golden Dung Fly

  1. Kathy Samuel says:

    Wow, great macro!

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