Dung deal

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild May -

It’s of­fi­cial – 2019 is Year of the Fly. With about 7,000 species in the UK, in ev­ery con­ceiv­able habi­tat, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to Diptera (the or­der’s name means ‘two wings’). To see this hand­some ex­am­ple, sim­ply head to a nice, fresh cow­pat: you won’t have to wait long. Vir­tu­ally the en­tire in­sect is the colour of Eng­lish mus­tard, ex­cept for its eyes and wings, which are ch­est­nut-brown. The adults are fierce preda­tors – just look at those man­tis-like front legs – but the lar­vae munch dung.


Learn about in­ver­te­brates: buglife.org.uk

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