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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 June, 2016

Polieties lardaria: when a house-fly is not house fly

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A house-fly with the scientific name of Polieties 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 but it often occurs in well stocked gardens from April right through until the autumn. Its larvae are predatory and live in dung.
So this is a house-fly rarely found in houses unless it takes a wrong turning through an open window in which case its sole aim will be to get outside again. If you get one indoors don't swat it, help it on its way.
Polieties lardaria: when a house-fly is not house fly