The loud buzzing and large size of the Black Soldier Fly tend to bring 'wasp' to mind, but despite its appearance, it does not sting.
A Black Soldier Fly is a dead-ringer for a wasp, but it is harmless. The robust size and strong wings make it more conspicuous than house flies, but it is indeed a part of that family. Long black antennae do not bend or have an 'elbow' joint and the eyes are wide and round. Legs are black and yellow, and the tip of its abdomen tapers to a point that just starts to look like a stinger. If its wings are spread apart, it is possible to see two medium-sized spots that look like window panes. They almost appear clear or transparent, but might also be yellow, white, or green in color.
The Black Soldier Fly is fond of moist areas. Animal feces and manure are popular places to find one zipping about. Despite hanging out on around sewage and feces, this fly does not transmit disease. It does not bite either like some other large flies. Look for Black Solider Flies near piles of manure, or by compost and rotting vegetation. It is considered somewhat beneficial to have around in that it tends to keep house fly populations in check by dominating fly nursery locations.
Scientific Name: Hermetia illucens
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 20mm (0.59in to 0.78in)
Colors: black; yellow; white
Descriptors: yellow and black legs; fly; wasp mimic; black wings; flying; long antennae; black; white spot on abdomen; purple; sheen; window; see-through abdomen; clear spot on body
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