House-fly (Polietes lardaria)

A house-fly with the scientific name of lardaria - a pest found in the larder perhaps? Not true! Whilst some related species, notably the now less than common Common House-fly are known to carry disease from dung to unprotected food, many house-flies are never found in houses at all!
This species, which looks a little like a small flesh-fly, likes open country, hedgerows and sparse woodland and often occurs in well stocked gardens from April right through until the autumn. Its larvae are predatory and live in dung.
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