Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Hermetia comstocki

Mydas Fly? - Hermetia comstocki Soldier fly - Hermetia comstocki Soldier fly - Hermetia comstocki Agave fly - Hermetia comstocki At first glimpse, thought it was a Mydid :-) - Hermetia comstocki - female Hermetia comstocki - male Hermetia comstocki - male Syrphid fly mimic of a Polistes wasp  - Hermetia comstocki
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Infraorder Stratiomyomorpha
Family Stratiomyidae (Soldier flies)
Subfamily Hermetiinae
Genus Hermetia
Species comstocki (Hermetia comstocki)
Other Common Names
Agave Fly
Explanation of Names
Hermetia comstocki Williston 1885
Range
AZ, NM, TX, and Mexico (1)
Remarks
The original 1885 description by Williston can be read here.
Print References
Alcock, John. (1990). A large male competitive advantage in a lekking fly, Hermetia comstocki Williston (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Psyche 97:267-280 (Full Text)
James, M. T. (1967). The Hermetia comstocki group (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 43(1): 61-64. (Full Text)
Works Cited
1.A Catalog of the Diptera of America North of Mexico
Alan Stone, et al. 1965. United States Department of Agriculture.