Soldier Flies

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Soldier Flies


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.