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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Hermetia

The species of Hermetia of the aurata group (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)
By James M.T., Wirth W.W.
Proceedings of the United States National Museum 123: 1-19, 1967

Soldier fly larvae in America north of Mexico
By McFadden M.W.
Proc. US Natl. Mus. 121: 1-72, 1967

A world catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera): a supplement with revisionary notes and errata
By Woodley N.E.
Myia 12: 379-415, 2011

A world catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera)
By Woodley N.E.
North American Dipterists' Society. Washington, DC. 475 pp., 2001
NB: updates/corrections in(1)

A review of the Nearctic Beridinae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)
By M.T. James
Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 32: 543-548, 1939
Abstract here, or viewable online here.

Keys to Allognosta, Hexodonta, Beris, and Actina.

A review of the Nearctic Stratiomyini (Diptera, Stratiomyidae)
By M.T. James and G.C. Steyskal
Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 45: 385-412, 1952
Abstract here.

Includes keys to Stratiomys, Psellidotus (as Labostigmina), and Hoplitimyia.

The soldier flies of Canada and Alaska (Diptera: Stratiomyidae): I. Beridinae, Sarginae, and Clitellariinae
By McFadden M.W.
The Canadian Entomologist 104: 531-562, 1972
[full text not available online, but i have a pdf, courtesy M.H.]

The Soldier Flies or Stratiomyidae of California
By James, M. T.
University of California Press, 1960
This work is available for download as a PDF file by clicking this link. Technical, but (with patience and perseverance) helpful for working on California Stratiomyidae. Some comments: [list]
  • There are keys to California genera and species...but they are not complete as known and recognized by the author in 1960: the Euparyphus-Aocletus complex appears in couplet 16 of the key to genera, but is not discussed further; and the subfamily Pachygastrinae is not treated). Also, genus Odontomyia is treated under the name Eulalia.