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DESCRIPTION: Up to 12mm in length. A common species that is easily seen but can be confused with other similar flies. The red brown eyes are the most obvious feature as well as the striped thorax and chequered hairy abdomen. BEHAVIOUR: Females seek out rotting flesh in which to lay their eggs. DISTRIBUTION: Common throughout in Britain. HABITAT: Usually seen wherever man is present and noticed on both flowers and excrement. PERIOD: Late spring to late summer.

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