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Containing group: Hermetiinae


Hermetia illucens is a cosmopolitan synanthrope. H. illucens has been the culprit in several cases intestinal myiasis (James 1981). Numerous other species of Hermetia are wasp mimics. H. pterocausta maintain small territories on leaves of short palms in gaps of light. H. pterocausta was observed on Barro Colorado Island (Panama) to dart out from their territories to intercept any objects similar in size to the fly. H. palmivora is considered a pest of oil palms (Woodley 2001).
Hermetia illucens is the only species found in Europe.  4 species are found in the Afrotropical region, 10 in Australasian, 12 in the Nearctic, 14 in the Oriental region, and the rest of the described species in Central and South America. H. panhagensis and H. woodleyi are from Malaysia (Woodley 2001).


Hermetia is distinguished by the laterally flattened eighth antennal flagellomere (Woodley 2001).


James, M.T. 1981. 36. Stratiomyidae. Manual Nearct. Dipt. 1: 497-511.

Rozkošný, R. and M. Kozanek. 2006. A review of the Oriental Hermetia bicolor group with descriptions of two new species (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Insect Syst. Evol. 37: 81-90.

Woodley, N. E. 2001. A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia 11: 1-473. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.

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Scientific Name Hermetia comstocki
Location Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Comments on opuntia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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Keith Bayless
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