Scientific name Stratiomys chamaeleon
Higher classification Stratiomys
|Similar Stratiomys, Stratiomyidae, Fly, Insect, Stratiomys potamida|
Stratiomys chamaeleon, the clubbed general, is a European species of soldier fly.
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.
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.