Banded General - Stratiomys potamida


Soldier flies get their name from their bold and bright colours and markings. This is a particularly striking example - looking like a very flat wasp.


It is a slow and cumbersome flyer, often seen feeding on umbellifers and Bramble in wet and marshy areas.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Its carnivorous larvae are amphibious, feeding in ponds and ditches.

UK Status

Fairly common in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Now thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map