A backyard newcomer that likes your compost heap.
The Garden Soldier Fly is a new insect to the province. It lives in the back garden, the compost heap, in the house near fruits and vegetables — anywhere it might find some juicy, rotting plants. The adult flies and their larvae feed on decaying organic matter.
Impact on Communities and Native Species
While some flies transmit plant and animal diseases, this species doesn't appear to be a pest.
The Garden Soldier Fly appeared in British Columbia around 2002, possibly arriving with potted plants or rotting vegetation from either California or Hawaii. This tiny alien has been recorded in southwestern BC and probably is, or will be, widespread throughout this area.
The species is native to Australia and has been introduced to New Zealand, Hawaii and California. It arrived in Hawaii in the 1890s and in California about 1985.