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Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly Sargus bipunctatus

The genus Sargus consists of a number of similar, green metallic Soldier Flies. There are a number of species in Europe. The Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly below may be identified easily, for it has two, clear white spots on its face. Males have an orange brown spot on the first part of the abdomen, while females have their entire abdomen in a greenish brown colouration. This is a fairly big species, capable of reaching a length of some 16 mm. Should you care to look for the larvae, you should be digging in manure.

The species is also known as the Twin-spot Centurion, the Twin-spotted Centurion and the Twin-spotted Centurion Soldier Fly.