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Genus Megaphorus

Robber Fly 06 - Megaphorus clausicellus Megaphorus sp? - Megaphorus minutus Robber Fly - Megaphorus Robber Fly - Megaphorus Megaphorus laphroides Asilid with banded legs - Megaphorus prudens Asilidae - Megaphorus Cool Robber Fly.. - Megaphorus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Asilinae
Genus Megaphorus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Most species formerly treated under Mallophorina, some as Mallophora.
Explanation of Names
Megaphorus Bigot, 1857
Greek mega- 'large' + phor- 'bearing, bringing'(1)
Numbers
15 spp. in our area, 16 total(2)
Identification
Small, hairy flies that superficially resemble Leaf-cutter Bees (Megachilidae)
Range
so. US & Mexico; M. clausicellus & M. minutus range north to PA, M. guildianus to MT(2)
Life Cycle
Eggs (at least in M. minutus) are laid in a mass on the stem of a plant, such as a stiff blade of grass:

This unusual (for an asilid) egg-laying habit is shared with the related genus Mallophora (see genus page). Certain Mallophora are reported to be parasitoids of scarab beetles, and the unusual egg-laying habit is thought to aid in the dispersal of tiny larvae in search of hosts. Given the similarity of egg-laying habits in at least some species of the two genera, it seems likely that Megaphorus is also a parasitoid or predator of ground-dwelling insect larvae. See Mallophora account for more information.
egg-laying habits mentioned in(3)
Print References
Cole, Frank R., and A. Earl Pritchard. 1964. The genus Mallophora and related Asilid genera. Univ. of Calif. Publications in Entomology. 36(2): 43-100.
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