Stratiomys chamaeleon

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Stratiomys chamaeleon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Stratiomyidae
Subfamily: Stratiomyinae
Tribe: Stratiomyini
Genus: Stratiomys
Species: S. chamaeleon
Binomial name
Stratiomys chamaeleon
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Musca chamaeleon Linnaeus, 1758
Stratiomys chamelion auct.

Stratiomys chamaeleon, the clubbed general, is a European species of soldier fly. [1]


It has a widespread Palearctic distribution, occurring in Southern Europe and parts of Asia . It has a very restricted range in Britain, where it is regarded as endangered.[2]


In Britain larvae have been found in tufa-rich flush systems. Elsewhere larvae of Stratiomys chamaeleon have been recorded from the margins of freshwater ponds and spring pools as well as from semi saline conditions. Adults are on the wing from late June to the middle of August, with peak occurring in mid to late July and feed on nectar, mostly from umbellifers.[2]

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  1. ^ Stubbs, A. & Drake, M. (2001). British Soldierflies and Their Allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 512 pp. ISBN 1-899935-04-5. 
  2. ^ a b Howe, Mike; Howe, Liz (1995). "The soldier fly Stratiomys chamaeleon on Anglesey and the Black Isle". Dipterists Digest (Print). Second series. Dipterists Forum. 2 (1): 24–28. ISSN 0953-7260.