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Natural source of filth for an Australian fly


bushflyMusca vetustissima by imisstony.com


Musca vetustissima by imisstony.com


Australia is the only continent on which a faeces-dependent fly is an abundant nuisance in areas remote from human camps or livestock. A long-standing mystery is which animal provided the bulk of faeces for the bush fly. We suggest that it was the emu that produced faeces nutrient-rich and moist enough to be attractive to this fly but too fibrous to be attractive to dung beetles. 


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016



Emu faeces




i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 08 January 2017

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