DipteraFlies Pollinators and Flies Australian Sheep Blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) Australian Drain Fly Balaana Beefly Bat Flies Bee Flies Bee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria Chrysomya saffranea Eristalinus punctulatus Musca Odontomyia (Soldier Flies) Sarcophaga aurifrons Soldier Fly Syrphids

— see genus Odontomyia

The Soldier Flies are a group of flies belonging to the family Stratiomyidae, sometimes misspelled as Stratiomyiidae (from Greek soldier; fly) are a family of flies that contains over 2,700 species in over 380 extant genera worldwide

Soldier Fly (family Stratiomyidae), Alice Springs NT
Soldier Fly (family Stratiomyidae), Alice Springs NT

The larvae are found in a variety of locations, being mostly in wetlands, damp places in soil, sod, under bark, in animal excrement, and in decaying organic matter, with the adults also found near the same habitats.

Odontomyia (Soldier Fly), Alice Springs NT
Genus Odontomyia (Soldier Fly), Alice Springs NT

The family are diverse in size and shape, though most are partly or wholly metallic green, some being wasp-like mimics, marked with black and yellow or green and sometimes metallic. Often inactive flies that are typically when at rest with their wings placed one above the other over the abdomen.

Genus Odontomyia (member of Soldier Flies Family Stratiomyidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Odontomyia (member of Soldier Flies Family Stratiomyidae), Alice Springs NT

The Stratiomyinae are a subfamily that tend to have an affinity to aquatic environments.

Picture here is a Soldier Fly rescued from from a swimming pool.

We welcome any contributions to this section on Soldier Flies.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Informal: Orthorrhapha
  • Superfamily: Stratiomyoidea
  • Family: Stratiomyidae
  • Subfamily:
    • Antissinae
    • Beridinae
    • Chiromyzinae
    • Clitellariinae
    • Hermetiinae
    • Pachygastrinae
    • Raphiocerinae
    • Sarginae
    • Stratiomyinae

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Kimberi Pullen for ID, member of Amateur Entomology Australia, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/476897096018877/
  2. STRATIOMYIDAE Latreille, 1802, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/abf1b05c-5ed1-41d6-bcaf-256c3d4276b6
  3. Soldier Flies (Family Stratiomyidae), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/70127-Stratiomyidae

DipteraFlies Pollinators and Flies Australian Sheep Blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) Australian Drain Fly Balaana Beefly Bat Flies Bee Flies Bee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria Chrysomya saffranea Eristalinus punctulatus Musca Odontomyia (Soldier Flies) Sarcophaga aurifrons Soldier Fly Syrphids

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