Soldier Fly (Ptecticus trivittatus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Soldier Fly.
Updated: 2/9/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Solider Flies are brilliant mimics of wasps and bees, but they do not sting and are so tiny, they may be difficult to find.
This species of Soldier Fly can be found in woods, gardens and parks, with populations of adults hovering or standing over rotting plant matter. They are very small in size. These Solider Flies are not pests and do not seem interested in humans or their buildings like House Flies. They have been seen on compost heaps, piles of grass clippings and other decomposing vegetation. Females lay fertilized eggs on the plant matter, so they are also called Compost Flies. Maggots are also small and tan in color with ten segments to their worm-like bodies. The Solider Fly maggots eat the compost and their presence may deter other types of pesky flies from inhabiting the same area. Adults are believed to drink flower nectar.