Temporal range: Barremian–Recent
Solva marginata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Stratiomyomorpha
Superfamily: Stratiomyoidea
Family: Xylomyidae
de Meijere, 1913[1]

Xylomyidae is a family of flies known commonly as the wood soldier flies. They are xylophagous and are associated with dead or dying wood.[4]


Wing venation of Xylomya maculata
Wing venation of Xylomya maculata

For terms see Morphology of Diptera.

These flies are 4 to 14 millimeters long. Their coloration is variable. They have spurs on the mid and hind tibiae. The antennae are conical.[5][6]


As of 2011 there were 138 described species in four genera.[7][5] These include:

Extinct genera

Species lists



 Xylomyidae subfamily Xylomyinae of Stratiomyidae in older works




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  6. ^ Krivosheina, N.P. (1988). "Family Xylomyidae. In: Soós, Á. & Papp, L. (Eds)". Catalogue of Palaearctic Diptera. 5: 38–42.
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  9. ^ Brunetti, E. (1920). Diptera. Brachycera. In: [Shipley, A.E., ed.], Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 1. London: Taylor & Francis. pp. ix + 401 pp., 4 pls.
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