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Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - top view
Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - top view


Twin-spot centurion soldierfly
The twin-spot centurion soldierfly (Sargus bipunctatus) belongs to the order Diptera and to the family of soldier flies (Stratiomyidae). This species is common and widespread throughout Europe.
Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - side face
Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - side face
Twin-spot centurion soldierflies reach body lengths of 11-13 mm. Their bodies are very slender and shiny. The abdomen of the females is red at the sides and (in the shape of a lance) leads backwards. The abdomen of the male is narrow, rounded at the end and dark purple in colour. The legs of the females are yellow, while those of the males are dark.
Soldier fly - Sargus bipunctatus - Twin-spot Centurion
Soldier fly - Sargus bipunctatus - Twin-spot Centurion
The twin-spot centurion soldierfly is active from August to October. The females lay their eggs in bark or rotting foliage and the larvae develop there.
Twin-spot Centurion - front view
Twin-spot Centurion - front view

Sargus bipunctatus
Common namesTwin-spot centurion, Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly
German namesDungwaffenfliege
Dutch namesHerfstmetaalwapenvlieg
AuthorScopoli, 1763
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany), West Europe (Austria, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy)), Central Europe (Czech Republic)
America
North America
Canada (British Columbia), USA (Washington, Oregon)


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, USA, United Kingdom
Distr. infoWidespread
Links and ReferencesSargus bipunctatus in itis.gov
Sargus bipunctatus in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
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1. Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - top view
2. Twin-spot Centurion - Sargus bipunctatus - side face
3. Soldier fly - Sargus bipunctatus - Twin-spot Centurion
4. Twin-spot Centurion - front view
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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
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionSchizophora
SubsectionAcalyptratae
Acalyptrate muscoids
SuperfamilyDiopsoidea
FamilyPsilidae
Rust flies, Carrot flies
GenusSargus
Speciesbipunctatus
Sargus bipunctatus
Twin-spot centurion, Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly
AuthorScopoli, 1763
 
Synonyms
Chrysochroma fasciatus
Geosargus perpulcher
Musca binotata
Musca bipunctata
Sargus reaumuri
Sargus reaumurii
Sargus sulphureus
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