Size, Shape and Colour: Approximatley 6-9mm long, wing span 10mm. The males are covered in bright yellow fur, whereas the females are more of a dull yellow and less fur. They have quite a large probosis with which to feed on any dung they may pass.
Biology: The dung fly life cycle is approximately for 20 days during the summer, but can have multiple generations during the year. In early spring yellow dung-flies congregate on dung to mate and lay their eggs. The larvae will then feed and develop inside the dung.
Preferred Foods: The adults preferred food is other fly species and occasionally other insects that can be found on cow, horse or sheep dung. Once hatched the larvae will then feed on dung.
Habitat: The larvae are normally found in the dung of domestic and wild animals, particularly cows, horses and sheep, which can be found just about anywhere – pastures, meadows, woodlands, beside standing or running water, parks, gardens, etc.