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Species Exoprosopa decora

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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 Anthracinae
Tribe Exoprosopini
Genus Exoprosopa
Species decora (Exoprosopa decora)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
None
Explanation of Names
Exoprosopa decora Loew 1869
Size
10 to 15 mm long.
Identification
Head: Brown with a few white scales. Eyes large, hind border with a slight, round indent at middle and a line of white pile, sometimes reaching to top of head. Face conical, projecting, proboscis short.
Antenna: Very small, low on face, adjacent to facial cone. Brown, often the bristle (arista) is white.
Thorax: Brown scaly, with some flecks of white. Darker brown, longer fringe at side edges before wing base.
Wings: Dark brown with pale band near base, another clear, jagged band across mid-wing, not quite reaching outer margin (costa). Tip clear, except along outer margin.
Legs: Long, thin. Dark brown, sometimes with white scales on thighs (femora). Short spines on shins (tibiae).
Abdomen: Black, scaly with a fringe of dark hairs along edges. Variable white scales – V-shaped longitudinally; white only on 4th segment at sides, or entirely devoid of white scales.
Range
QC-SK-WA to GA-KY-KS-TX-CA(1)
Habitat
Forest edges and meadows.
Season
Late June to August.
Food
Adults feed on flower nectar. Larvae feed on wasp larvae.
Remarks
Types:
Holotype as Exoprosopa decora female by Loew, 1869. Type Locality: Wisconsin. In the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Type #12630.
Print References
Very few references; other than keys, there are no descriptions.
Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 1869 by Loew, Vol. 13, pg. 13.
The Canadian Entomologist, 1892, Vol. 24 by Coquillett, pg. 123.
Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification, 2008, #6 Bee Flies by Kits, et al., pg. 11.