The uncommon green bands on this bee mimic are unexpected among both bees and flies.
Its resemblance to a bee is remarkable, but short antennae, round eyes, and the missing stinger help determine that this insect is a fly. The combination of a black body with green bands is unusual, so it is likely to get attention when it comes around.
Solider flies can be found in moist, wet, or damp environments. That means habitats can be as natural as an old forest with rotting leaf litter or as man-made as a waste-water treatment plant. The larva of the solider fly is a phenomenal consumer of rotting and decaying organic matter. This diet includes animal waste, rotting fruit, and decaying logs and leaves, and algae.
Scientific Name: Psellidotus hieroglyphicus
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 12mm (0.31in to 0.47in)
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