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Nature in the Backyard

Nature in the Backyard

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Published by: Michael Erlewine on Sep 10, 2010
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I am sure the Dung Fly did not name himself,
because who would want to be called a ‘poop’
fy? Te name aside, I fnd these little red-bod-
ied fies very good company, especially in the
very early mornings when the dew is on the
leaves and they have not really managed to get
moving around a lot. Te Dung Fly is a vora-
cious predator of other fies and smaller insects.
Tey lay their eggs (of course) in dung, where
the larvae live and develop.
I often fnd them in the early mornings (as you
see them here), perched high up on a plant and
just kind of facing or looking out across some
vast expanse of space. It is like the Grand Can-
yon for them.

Habitat: Pastures, parks, woods, gardens, any-
where that dung and other fies congregate.

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