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Scathophaga sp? - Scathophaga stercoraria - male - female

Scathophaga sp? - Scathophaga stercoraria - Male Female
near Horsefly, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada
June 15, 2006
I found your Scathophaga page ( and recognized these critters immediately; however, the photo(s) including the female on that page show a seemingly much more colourful female than this one. Is this a different species? Maybe it's just the lighting & the shadow cast by the male. Anyway, there are plenty of these around my Dad's place in the summer because there's LOTS of cow dung. We discovered these flies a couple of years ago, and were fascinated that such an unpleasant-tasked critter could be so beautiful. Ain't nature cool?!

Moved from Scathophaga.

Exquisite image of a magnificent specimen(s). Probably Scathophaga stercoraria, in fact. Thanks for sharing!

Glad to hear that's who it is. And thanks - I'm glad the photo is appreciated; I thought the colours and textures on the male were quite incredible and I was very pleased that that came through so well in the image.

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