Three flies on animal dung

Three flies (order Diptera) crawling on animal dung. Photographed 08/22/2010 near Blissfield Michigan.

Most people probably don’t spend several minutes on their hands and knees staring at dung in order to see the flies it attracts.  Luckily I’m not most people.  Here I was lucky enough to capture three different flies on dung simultaneously.  The one on the left is a flesh fly (family Sarcophagidae), and the other two are different species of blow flies (family Calliphoridae).

These fly adults usually feed on flower nectar or rotting fruit.  Here they may be taking advantage of the nutrients still available in the dung.  They may also be looking for a hospitable place to lay their eggs.  Dung is a great food source for growing larvae.

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About Jeremy Sell

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3 Responses to Three flies on animal dung

  1. Jim Martin says:

    so who’s dung do you think this is?

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  2. Jeremy Sell says:

    I don’t know, but it doesn’t look very healthy.

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  3. Pingback: Random Insect: Scarab beetle, possibly an earth-boring dung beetle | The Life of Your Time

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