Heteracanthia cf. ruficornis

Red-horn Soldier Fly

Heteracanthia cf. ruficornis, El Salvador photo of a soldier fly


Family: Stratiomyidae

Subfamily: Beridinae


An excerpt from a key in the forthcoming Manual of Afrotropical Diptera gives some of the key characters for genus Heteracanthia: "Median pair of scutellar spines enlarged, thickened, bluntly rounded apically; scutellum large, strongly convex; female with upper frons mostly densely tomentose; abdomen short and broad, usually about as long as wide." The author of the Stratiomyidae chapter is professor Norm Woodley.

Photo notes: this male was photographed at Suchitoto, El Salvador.

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