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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Klipheuwel, Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 10/01/2018
Time: 06:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed this insect at a wetland in Klipheuwel, near Cape Town.  It is an agricultural area. Farming practices include wheat, oats and live stock farming (cattle and sheep).
How you want your letter signed:  Tania Morkel

Yellow Dung Fly

Dear Tania,
It is a Fly, order Diptera. Not sure of family.  We need more time to research.

Yellow Dung Fly

Many thanks Daniel
An entomologist from my University just confirmed that it is Scathophaga stercoraria (Yellow dung fly).
Kind regards
Tania Morkel
Hi again Tania,
Thanks for getting back to us with a correct identification.  We found images of the Yellow Dung Fly on Wildlife Insight, but we also found the species, with the common name Golden Dung Fly, on BugGuide, a North American site, where it states the range is “throughout North America and the world.”
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Subject: Fuzzy wasps?
Location: Brunswick, NY (outside Albany)
April 24, 2017 7:23 am
Found these on goat poop in the pasture this morning. Upstate New York, end of April. It’s been reliably warm for a couple of weeks now.
Signature: Deb at Whimsey Acres Farm

Golden Dung Flies

Dear Deb at Whimsey Acres Farm,
These are NOT wasps.  They are Flies, and we quickly identified them as Golden Dung Flies,
Scathophaga stercoraria, thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “adult males are bright yellow or golden; females are usually grayer; both sexes very hairy on body and legs.”  BugGuide also states:  “larvae found in/on dung of domestic and wild animals adults found in the neighborhood of larval development sites (dung) which can be just about anywhere – pastures, meadows, woodlands, beside standing or running water, parks, gardens, etc.”  Your image represents a new category for our site as it is the first submission we have had for Dung Flies in the family Scathophagidae.

Golden Dung Flies

Thank you!  They’re quite beautiful, actually, and now I can learn more about them.
Deb
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