Hermetia illucens - American Soldier Fly, Black Soldier Fly  

Wikipedia - The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is a common and widespread member of the family Stratiomyidae, and quite possibly the best-known species in the entire infraorder. There are several reasons for this: *The larvae are common scavengers in compost heaps, since decomposing matter is their food of choice. *The larvae are used in manure management, for both house fly control and reduction in manure volume, and the mature larvae and prepupae raised in manure management operations are themselves useful as feed supplements *The larvae are sometimes found in association with carrion, and have significant potential for use in forensic entomology . *The larvae are sometimes sold as live pet food under the names phoenix worms and soldier......


Wasp-like in appearance and behavior. Regularly seen around compost bins. The larva feed on rotting vegetation.