One of the strangest insects encountered around the home is the larva of the stratiomyid, or soldier fly. Soldier fly larvae are about one inch-long, legless, dark brown in color, and flattened. Their “skin” is has a distinctive, leathery texture. Soldier fly larvae are also remarkably tough. They are able to survive for weeks in a jar with no food or water.
Soldier flies are harmless to people, and serve a beneficial role in helping decompose garbage and filth. In some places they even help control more noxious insect pests, like house flies.