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Species Sparnopolius confusus

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Bombyliidae (Bee Flies)
Subfamily Bombyliinae
Tribe Conophorini
Genus Sparnopolius
Species confusus (Sparnopolius confusus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sparnopolius confusus (Wiedemann, 1824)
Numbers
one of 4 species in this genus in North America (1)
S. confusus is the only species that occurs in the east
Size
6-9 mm (2)
Identification
Yellowish, slightly hump-backed, with short pile on broad, flat abdomen. Wings clear. Proboscis long, but not greatly extended as in some other genera, protruding only somewhat more than antennae. Antennae with third segment tapered. Middle and hind tibiae with rows of large bristles. (Description applies to genus Sparnopolius--S. confusus is the only species widespread in eastern North America.) Wing venation:
  
See also comments on images, especially Neal Evenhuis' identification of this image.
Range
most of United States plus Ontario
also occurs in Mexico
Season
Ontario: late July-September (2); North Carolina: September-November (3)
Life Cycle
reported to be a parasitoid of June Beetles, Phyllophaga (2)
Print References
Brimley, p. 342--Sparnopolius fulvus (apparently a synonym of S. confusus) (3)
Internet References
distribution; PDF doc and type specimen locality [probably Mexico] (Neal Evenhuis and D.J. Greathead, World Catalog of Bee Flies, part 1)
Key to Bee Flies of the east with anatomical drawings (Herschel Raney, Arkansas)
Bee Flies of Ontario (2)--Sparnopolius confusus