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Genus Stratiomys

Soldier Fly - Stratiomys badia Soldier Fly - Stratiomys Bee with lime green thorax stripes - Stratiomys badia Very large fly - Soldier Fly? - Stratiomys maculosa Stratiomys? - Stratiomys Stratiomys -possibly S. norma or S. normula? - Stratiomys Black fly with long antennae and yellow markings on flower - Stratiomys Stratiomys obesa
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 Stratiomyinae
Tribe Stratiomyini
Genus Stratiomys
Explanation of Names
Stratiomys Geoffroy 1762
Greek 'soldier fly'(1) (may refer to colors reminiscent of a military uniform)
Numbers
31 spp. in our area(2), ~90 spp. total(3)
Identification
The shape of the antennae and the presence of two spines on the scutellum are two of the main characters for this genus.
Key to nearctic species in(4); key to California species in (5)
As in many groups in diptera: males are holoptic (eyes touching along middle of head); females have dichoptic (eyes widely separated along middle of head).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.A world catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera)
Woodley N.E. 2001. North American Dipterists' Society. Washington, DC. 475 pp.
4.A review of the Nearctic Stratiomyini (Diptera, Stratiomyidae)
M.T. James and G.C. Steyskal. 1952. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 45: 385-412.
5.The Soldier Flies or Stratiomyidae of California
James, M. T. 1960. University of California Press.
6.Bayless K. Stratiomyidae (in The Tree of Life Web Project)