Happy Friday Fly Day--from a Golden Goddess

Thar's gold in them thar hills, and then there's the golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria.

It's a red-eyed blond fly that definitely draws your attention.

The larvae are often found in the feces of large animals, including horses, cattle, sheep, deer and wild boar, where the insect breeds.  The larvae eat the dung, making this insect important to natural decomposition.

The adult is a predator; it hunts for flies and other small insects. The adults also sip nectar, just like honey bees and other pollinators. For more information on these fascinating insects, check out the BugGuide.Net entry on the golden dung fly.

The insect was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus as Musca stercoraria, according to BugGuide.Net. Cathophaga comes from the Greek word, "skatos," meaning "excrement" and "phagein" for "to eat." Stercoraria is derived from the Latin "stercoris," meaning "of dung." 

So, Happy Friday Fly Day--from a Golden Goddess...of sorts.