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Species Bombylius mexicanus

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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 Bombyliini
Genus Bombylius
No Taxon (Subgenus Bombylius)
Species mexicanus (Bombylius mexicanus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bombylius mexicanus Wiedemann, 1821. Synonyms:
Bombylius fulvibasis Macquart, 1855
Bombylius philadelphicus Macquart, 1840
10-12 mm body length, 26 mm wingspan (measurements of specimen, Key to Bee Flies of Ontario)
A large bee-fly that flies in late spring to summer, similar to Bombylius major, which typically flies earlier in the spring. Pile ("hair") mostly yellow, with just a few black hairs on the edges of abdominal segments. Note white spots on abdomen (females only), a few black hairs on abdomen, and details of wing venation:
Southern Ontario, Quebec, south through eastern and southern United States
Begins appearing in Florida at the end of February -- and BugGuide posts show it occurs within its range in June. In Ontario, late May to July.
See Also
Print References
Brimley, p. 342--Bombylius fulvibasis--noted from North Carolina mountains in May (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.