|any of various muscid flies of the subfamily Cordilurinae, such as the predatory yellow dung fly (Scatophaga stercoraria), that frequents cowpats to feed and lay its eggs|
any member of a family of insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are yellow or brown in colour and are common in pastures. In most species the eggs are laid in cow dung. The larvae then feed on the dung, speeding its decomposition. In other species the larvae feed on plants or rotting seaweed. Members of the Sphaeroceridae family are known as small dung flies.
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