Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Garden soldier fly

Exaireta spinigera (Wiedemann)

Order: Diptera
Family: Stratiomyidae

Size range

  • Body length about 14 mm


  • Introduced from Australia

Life History

  • Seen in gardens and sometimes in houses
  • Adults probably feed on nectar and pollen in flowers
  • Larvae feed on decaying vegetation, often in compost heaps
  • A similar species, American soldier fly, is common in northern New Zealand

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