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Containing group: Stratiomyinae


Odontomyia larvae generally live in the littoral zone of bodies of fresh water (Rozkošný 1998). Odontomyia has 13 generic synonymies, the most of any soldier fly genus. It is the most speciose genus in the family. Odontomyia is cosmopolitan, with at least 25 species native to each zoogeographic region. It is most diverse in Australia (Woodley 2001).


Odontomyia is distinguished from other Nearctic Stratiomyini by the spined scutellum, the antenna with six flagellomeres with the last two flagellomeres forming a stylus, crossvein r-m present and M3 and sometimes M1 indistinct, reduced to a fold, or absent.


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

Rozkošný, R. 1998. Chapter 24. Family Stratiomyidae. Manual Palaearct. Dipt. 2: 387-411.

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 Odontomyia sp.
Location Del Puerto Canyon, California, USA
Identified By Norman Woodley
Source Stratiomyidae- Soldier Fly
Copyright © 2003 Alex Wild
Scientific Name Odontomyia
Comments with flexible "arms". Southern pine beetle associate
Reference Fig. 29. US Forest Service Agriculture Handbook 641
Life Cycle Stage larva
Source #0007018
Source Collection Bugwood Network/Forestry Images
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