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Unidentified Black Flying Insect - Hermetia illucens

Unidentified Black Flying Insect - Hermetia illucens
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
September 8, 2005
Size: 3/4 inch long
I've seen quite a few of these black flyin insects around my back patio. I've never seen one actually fly, though they seem to have the wings to do so. I'm trying to id this guy, but haven't had any luck as of yet.

FYI - I used a little Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH set to no flash and macro to capture this image.

Black soldier fly.
This is a black soldier fly, family Stratiomyidae. We have several other images in the guide.

Thanks, Eric! I performed a search and saw that there are some other very good images of similar flies - all being called soldier flies. It seems the unifying characteristic is the V-shaped antena. Someone else made reference to the fact that these guys hang around carrion and/or detritus - I have a compost pile in my back yard - so this explains a lot! Thanks again for your assistance, Eric!

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