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Black Soldier Fly

Hermetia

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oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago
Black Soldier Fly
Hermetia latreille


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oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

You're not the only one! I caught one of these for a university entomology class. While alive, its behavior also mimicked a wasp, it had jerky movements and waved it's antennae in a very wasp-like way. I caught it very carefully, expecting to get stung. It wasn't until it was pinned and I had a chance to examine it more closely that I realized it only had one pair of wings and was actually a fly! They are amazing creatures and really kind of pretty when you examine them up close.

DeniseT
DeniseT 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID oxyjack. :) I've always been a little scared of these, thinking they were some kind of wasp. So glad to see they're harmless, and perhaps beneficial to have in the garden.

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

This fly is in the same genus as the North American Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia. The only species in Indonesia is Hermetia latreille, but there are 4 subspecies, and I don't know which subspecies this is.

http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20ord...

DeniseT
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DeniseT

Bandung, Indonesia

Spotted on Mar 13, 2012
Submitted on Mar 14, 2012

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