Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scathophaga stercoraria (commonly known as the Yellow Dung Fly) is common and widespread in Nottinghamshire and can be present in huge numbers near manure heaps on farms and around fields containing Cattle. It will often turn up at sites apparently well away from any livestock and will frequently sit on low foliage and visit flowers. Both male (below left) and female are illustrated.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Scathophaga stercoraria
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Richard Rogers. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Andy Godfrey (Saproxylic Diptera Survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and SAC, Nottinghamshire - A report to Natural England, October 2010). Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Barry Lygo. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2021

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