Sargus decorus
SOLDIER FLY FAMILY (Stratiomyidae)

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A small fly a little less than a half inch (10 mm) long with large, dark eyes covering the entire head, short antennae, shiny dark green thorax. Legs are yellow and wings are clear with iridescence. The wings are normally folded flat over the abdomen when at rest.


The individual shown in image A was photographed in mid-June of 2016. This fly is distributed widely throughout North America and is considered to be common in all of its range.


There are six species in the genus Sargus in North America and more than 100 species worldwide. They are distributed worldwide and throughout North America. About half the world’s species are neotropical.


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