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Soldier fly - Stratiomyidae - Twin-spot Centurion
Soldier fly - Stratiomyidae - Twin-spot Centurion


Soldier flies
Soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) are a family within the order Diptera.2000 species can be found worldwide, 100 of which exist in Central Europe, . 65 in Germany.

Soldier flies reach body lengths of 3-20 mm. Many species have black and yellow markings; others have a metallic sheen. Their abdomens are wide and flattened. When the wings are in resting position the sides of the abdomen are not covered. Some species have spikes on the end of their chests.

Soldier flies prefer forest areas. They suck on flowers, eat pollen or live off organic substances from animals. Some species live near water in which their larvae develop.

The females lay their eggs on rotting plants, aquatic plants, or on the water’ssurface.

Genera540
Species4.555
Common namesSoldier flies
German namesWaffenfliegen
Dutch namesWapenvliegen
Danish namesVåbenfluer
Finnish namesAsekärpäset
Norwegian namesVåpenfluer
Swedish namesVapenflugor
AuthorLatreille, 1802
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Continents:

Eurasia
America
Africa
Oceania


Ecozones:

Nearctic
Afrotropical
Neotropical
Indo-Australian region


Fossils:

Cenozoic
Paleozoic
Mesozoic


World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean
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Countries
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Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesStratiomyidae in bie.ala.org.au
Stratiomyidae in faunaeur.org
Stratiomyidae in itis.gov
Stratiomyidae in dyntaxa.se
Stratiomyidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "soldier flies"
- twin-spot centurion
- Beris chalybata
- Chloromyia formosa
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderStratiomyomorpha
SuperfamilyStratiomyoidea
FamilyStratiomyidae
Soldier flies
AuthorLatreille, 1802
 
Synonyms
Stratiomyiidae (Latreille, 1802)
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