Diaphorostylus sp.

Soldier Fly

Diaphorostylus sp., Soldier Fly

Family: Stratiomyidae

Subfamily: Clitellariinae

Length: fly in photo 5.8 mm


Two traits that are often encountered in subfamily Clitellariinae are (1) two spines along the margin of the scutellum, and (2) a convex face, somewhat conical. The latter trait is most easily seen in profile.

Diaphorus is a Neotropical genus with no records as yet from north of Costa Rica.

Males (shown) are holoptic.

Photo location: Cartago province, Costa Rica.