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Genus Lepidanthrax

Bee Fly - Lepidanthrax - female Bombylius species - Lepidanthrax californicus - male Small Bee Fly - Subfamily Anthracinae? - Lepidanthrax Lepidanthrax Lepidanthrax Bee fly with bright white markings - Lepidanthrax small bee fly - Lepidanthrax Lepidanthrax disjunctus? - Lepidanthrax
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 Lepidanthrax
Explanation of Names
Lepidanthrax Osten Sacken 1886
36 spp. in our area, 52 total(1)
Mostly small, 5-9 mm; one sp. at 11 mm(2)
distinguished by characteristic covering of broad scales and the shape of the third antennal segment (some Stonyx and Villa may be confused with Lepidanthrax, but Stonyx have three submarginal cells and Villa have different proportions of the wing veins separating the discal and fourth posterior cells)(3)
New World, mostly nearctic; in our area, sw. US, with L. oribates & L. coquilletti ranging north to WA(1)