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Species Hemipenthes sinuosa - Sinuous Bee Fly

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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 Villini
Genus Hemipenthes
Species sinuosa (Sinuous Bee Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemipenthes sinuosa (Wiedemann 1821)
Explanation of Names
sinuosa = 'sinuous; winding; undulating' (refers to the border of the black area on the wing)
Size
6-8 mm
Identification
Black area of wing has irregular sinuous (wavy) border with a small rounded blob near the apex - a distinguishing feature. There is no cross vein connecting R2+3 and R4.
Abdomen, thorax, and head black or very dark with no banding or other obvious markings
Range
most of NA
Habitat
open areas with sandy or well-drained soil and sparse or low vegetation
See Also
Hemipenthes jaennickeana has a nearly identical wing infuscation pattern to H. sinuosa, but it can be distinguished by the presence of a crossvein between R4 and R2+3 (which H. sinuosa lacks).