Soldier Fly (Hedriodiscus trivittatus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Soldier Fly (Hedriodiscus trivittatus)

The larvae of this bright green beauty are aquatic

Family Stratiomyidae
Tribe Stratiomyini


Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

only bees (and a few wasps) pollinate more plants than flies

  1. Marlene Semple said:

    Great photo! I love your work.

    • Loret said:

      Aww, thanks Marlene! It is a joyful hobby and the luck of the old point and shoot camera!

  2. Chris Bryant said:

    These soldier flies discovered my compost tumbler. Their larvae look like large maggots and they plow through the compost material, digesting it quickly! Love them!

    • Loret said:

      That’s what maggots are. Larva of flies. yours may be Black Soldier Flies (Hermetia illucens) which like the compost. From what I have read, this species is more of an aquatic type and likely has algae on the menu! Another reason my pond is clear and clean and the fish are fat 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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