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Mid-day Fly (Mesembrina meridiana)

Taxonomy
Kingdom:Phylum:Class:Order:Family:Genus:Species:
Animalia ArthropodaInsectaDipteraMuscidaeMesembrinaM.meridiana

Luckily some flies are easy to identify exactly and this is the case with the Mid-day Fly (also called the Noon Fly). There is no other fly, about 13 millimeters long, which is shiny black with contrasting orange parts. The beginning of the wing is orange, the feet are orange and the 'face' is orange. It is a common species, on the wing from May to November. Most people see this insect in October. Days may be cold and are definitely short then. And the flies frequently sit on bark, fences and walls warming up in the scarce sunshine. Therefore they are easily to approach close by and to identify.



The adults live on nectar from flowers mainly. Sometimes they are seen in great numbers on the flowers of ivy. The larvae live in dung, especially cow dung. There they hunt for the larvae of other animals.
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