Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Soldier Fly

Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens.

One does not ordinarily think of a soldier fly as a pollinator, but this one, with some green
camoflauge, was sipping from a Philadelphia fleabane last year at Anahuac NWR, Texas
on 2 April 2005.

Image: Biosparite.

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Comments

  1. #1 Prof. Paulo iide
    September 11, 2007

    IMPOSSIBLE !

    THIS FLY ISN’T Hermetia ilucens OR AN HERMETIINAE .
    SEE SPECIALLY THE ABDOMINAL PATTERN, WITH GREEN PATCHES, SHORTER AND WIDER, WITHOUT TRANSLUCID AREAS BASALY PLACED !
    YOUR SAMPLE LOOK LIKE MORE A TYPICAL COLORED STRATIOMYINAE, (STRATIOMYINI), AS OF THE GENUS Hedriodiscus, Odontomyia, etc.

    SEE MY WORK WITH D.I.C.MILETI, ON MORPHOLOGICAL STUDIES ON Hermetia illucens IN :
    Rev. Brasil. Biol. 36 (4): 923-935, Dec.1976.
    (With 37 figures in text) DON’T NEED TRANSLATION – THE FIGURES AND CAPTIONS ARE AUTO-EXPLICATIVE.

  2. #2 Prof. Paulo iide
    September 11, 2007

    IMPOSSIBLE !

    THIS FLY ISN’T Hermetia ilucens OR AN HERMETIINAE .
    SEE SPECIALLY THE ABDOMINAL PATTERN, WITH GREEN PATCHES, SHORTER AND WIDER, WITHOUT TRANSLUCID AREAS BASALY PLACED !
    YOUR SAMPLE LOOK LIKE MORE A TYPICAL COLORED STRATIOMYINAE, (STRATIOMYINI), AS OF THE GENUS Hedriodiscus, Odontomyia, etc.

    SEE MY WORK WITH D.I.C.MILETI, ON MORPHOLOGICAL STUDIES ON Hermetia illucens IN :
    Rev. Brasil. Biol. 36 (4): 923-935, Dec.1976.
    (With 37 figures in text) DON’T NEED TRANSLATION – THE FIGURES AND CAPTIONS ARE AUTO-EXPLICATIVE.