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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Orthorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Stratiomyidae
Common Name  
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Body depressed
  • Integument (skin) though and leathery from network of numerous small facets
  • Head only capable of slight movement
  • Distinctive eye prominences
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Forensic importance, as larvae are known to inhabit human remains (1).


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(1) Lord, WD, et.al."The black soldier fly Hermetia illucens as a potential measure of human postmortem interval: observations and case histories" www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8113702

Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008