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Scavagenger of some sort - Anthrax aterrimus

Scavagenger of some sort - Anthrax aterrimus
Theriot, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, USA
May 9, 2008
On a mud dauber nest

Moved from Flies.

The photo's a bit murky, but I believe this is Anthrax aterrimus.

Anthrax bee, bug
I will try to get a better pic next time I see it, I will also capture it and add it to my collection. Hope it comes back around.

I just checked my references and this is definitely A. aterrimus. They've been recorded as parasitoids of mud daubers and various cavity-nesting aculeates.

As a guess
I would say a snipe fly of some type. That's only a guess and an uneducated one at that:) I'm sure one of the experts will know it.

No, bee fly.
This is not a scavenger, but likely a parasite of the mud dauber. Very unique specimen, though, and might be something new for Bugguide! Family is Bombyliidae. Do wait for comment from Andy Calderwood, a world class authority on bee flies.

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