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Genus Odontomyia

green fly - Odontomyia cincta - male Soldier on Spirea bush - Odontomyia interrupta - male Odontomyia virgo? - Odontomyia virgo - female Stratiomys with blue halteres? - Odontomyia pubescens - male Jade Soldier Fly - Odontomyia cincta - male Stratiomyidae sp. - Odontomyia cincta Stratiomyes currani? - Odontomyia hoodiana Stratiomyes currani? - Odontomyia hoodiana
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 Odontomyia
Explanation of Names
Odontomyia Meigen 1803
31 spp. in our area, in 3 subgenera: Odontomyia s.str. (15), Odontomyiina (7), and Catatasina (9)(1), ~220 spp. total(2)
9-12 mm
Variable, abdomen usually black, often strongly marked with yellow-green bands. Species identification often requires examination of genitalia.
Key in(3)
much of NA
Woodlands, fields, usually near water; larvae are aquatic
Apr-Jun in NC, May-Jul in MN
Adults take nectar, also sometimes found on dung; larvae feed on algae
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on the edge of body of water. Larvae stick tip of abdomen up through water surface to obtain air.
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.A world catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera)
Woodley N.E. 2001. North American Dipterists' Society. Washington, DC. 475 pp.
3.The genus Odontomyia in America north of Mexico (Diptera, Stratiomyidae)
M.T. James. 1936. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 29:, 517-550.