Black Soldier Fly
( Hermetia illucens )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Hermetia illucens
(Linnaeus ,1758 )
Common Name:Black Soldier Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Family:Stratiomyidae
Genus:Hermetia
Taxon Code:DIP00746
ITIS/TSN:130298

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Large soldier fly, all black with bright white tarsi. Underneath, first abdominal segment has clear areas. Wings have purplish sheen. Likely a wasp mimic, it buzzes loudly.
Body Length
15-20 mm.

BIOLOGY
Habitat
Larvae live in compost, dung, rotting vegetation.
Importance
Very rarely, accidentally ingested larvae cause intestinal myiasis in humans and domestic animals. However, larvae compete with house flies in manure, compost piles, etc., and may thus be beneficial. Adults are harmless and not known to carry any human disease.
Distribution
Wide ranging in Western Hemisphere, also in Australasia, Africa, Japan, Europe. Commercially distributed for composting.

CREDITS
Photographer
Juliene Johnson-Metsa
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Hermetia illucens - Black Soldier Fly. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/7646). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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