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Genus Paravilla

Paravilla - male Paravilla - Paravilla syrtis Paravilla fulvicoma - female OC Bee Fly Archives - sandy colored fly - Paravilla fulvicoma Iszak's Bee Fly #3 for ID - Paravilla splendida Bee Fly - Paravilla Paravilla syrtis Bee Fly - Paravilla
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 Anthracinae
Tribe Villini
Genus Paravilla
Explanation of Names
Paravilla Painter 1933
46 spp. in our area, ~60 total(1)
Face conically projecting; fore-tibiae with darkened bristles; antennae slenderly-conically pointed; wing veins CuA2 and A converging toward (but not meeting before) wing margin (e.g. see right-most lower veins here)
Review of the genus:(2)
New World, mostly nearctic; in our area, w. US, with 2 spp. ranging north to BC, P. palliata & P. spaldingi ranging east to MI-OH-GA, and P. separata restricted to the Midwest + GA-AL(1)
Larvae are parasites of ground-nesting bees.