Solder Flies - Family Stratiomyidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Solder Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia

Body length 20mm 

Their Larvae occur in various habitats such as aquatic, decaying materials and under bark. They feed on algae or decaying organic matter.

We found only one species at this moment, they are brightly black in colour. 

American Soldier Fly - Hermetia illucens

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Body length 20mm
This flies look like a black wasp. It has long antenna, the body and wings are in shiny black colour. Their legs are black with white tips.
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We had miss-identified them as Golden Sand Wasp. Visitor Frank leave a message on our guest book suggesting they could be flies that might mimic wasps. Later we received another email from Martyn Robinson of Australian Museum advised us that " this fly was soldier fly. These flies are often found around compost heaps and produce the large grey maggots you can find in worm farms. They are harmless and you can catch them by hand if you want."
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This fly is easily found on leaves in garden plants during all seasons of the year in Brisbane. The fly often superficially resembles wasp in its appearance and behavior. When at rest, its wings are folded on top of each other on abdomen. Their long and slightly elbowed antenna also makes them look like a wasp.
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Last updated: January 12, 2005.