T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Fly (Soldier) Benhamyia apicalis

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropo
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Family: Stratiomyidae
Subfamily: Beridinae
Genus: Benhamyia
Scientific name: Benhamyia apicalis

Benhamyia apicalis is a New Zealand fly and is a member of Soldier Flies (Family Stratiomyidae). It is a small fly with a body length of 8-10 mm. The eyes are black, the thorax is a dark colour and the abdomen is a bright orange. The orange, transparent wings have a distinctive dark band across the lower area near the wings apex.
The legs are orange except the last segments of the forelegs which is a dark brown. They are usually seen resting rest with their wings placed one above the other over the abdomen.