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Fly (Soldier) Exaireta spinigera

Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Metazoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Hexapoda
Order: Diptera
Family: Stratiomyidae
Scientific name: Exaireta spinigera
Common name: Garden Soldier Fly, Australian Soldier Fly,

The Garden soldier fly Exaireta spinigera has a body length about 14 mm It was Introduced from Australia. It can be seen in gardens and sometimes in houses . The adults probably feed on nectar and pollen in flowers Their larvae feed on decaying vegetation, often in compost heaps. A similar species, the Black soldier fly (Inopus rubriceps)"} is common in northern New Zealand.

Photo showing wing patterns..



A soldier fly larva living in a worm farm feeding on decaying vegetation. 

The underside of a larva.The black and red dots are mites.