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Black Soldier Fly

Hermetia illucens


The adult fly, which measures about 16 mm (5/8 inch),[5] is a mimic, very close in size, color, and appearance to the organ pipe mud dauber wasp and its relatives. The mimicry of this particular kind of wasp is especially enhanced in that the fly's antennae are elongated and wasp-like, the fly's hind tarsi are pale, as are the wasp's, and the fly has two small transparent "windows" in the basal abdominal segments that make the fly appear to have a narrow "wasp waist". The adult soldier fly has no functioning mouthparts; it spends its time searching for mates and reproducing. The adult's life span is 5 to 8 days.


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iGo Sugiarto
iGo Sugiarto 11 years ago

Im sure this is black Soldier Fly now Gilma.. thanks to help.

Yes, I do love them. If this helps I have a Robberfly here.
Hope you get it ID.

iGo Sugiarto
iGo Sugiarto 11 years ago

Gilma :)
insects is interesting creature.. even one of them can life in to oil or even a very dark cave.

It is not easy to ID insects/bugs/flies. I relay a lot on the PN more knowledgable people! ; )

iGo Sugiarto
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Spotted on Nov 5, 2012
Submitted on Nov 13, 2012

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