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Key Features

The adult is a large fly up to 10 mm in length with a wingspan of up to 20 mm.

The thorax has a distinctive dark greyish/olive colour and is covered in golden hairs.

The abdomen has a checkered pattern.

The wings are held at rest folded tightly on top of the abdomen.


Little is known in detail of the life cycle.

The female fly lays eggs at entry to earthworm burrows.

Larvae hatch and find the earthworm to pupate and after pupation, the adult flies emerge.


Northern countries - Northern Europe, North America and Canada


No real pest status apart from their ability to build up huge numbers in winter months when they hibernate in buildings in their hundreds or thousands


Please Call East Lancashire Pest Control on 0800 023 6116 for a free visit and quote.

Cluster Fly