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Genus Lepidophora

Lepidophora Bombyliidae, Scaly Bee Fly, Lepidophora lepidocera - Lepidophora lepidocera Lepidophora - Lepidophora lutea Fly - Lepidophora lepidocera fly - Lepidophora lepidocera unknown - Lepidophora Lepidophora lutea Bee fly on catnip - Lepidophora
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 Ecliminae
Genus Lepidophora
Explanation of Names
Lepidophora Westwood 1835
Greek 'scale-bearing'(1)
3 spp. in our area, 8 total(2)
New World (ON to Bolivia); in our area, 2 spp. widespread in e. US and one in TX(2)
L. lepidocera OH-IA to FL-TX
L. lutea ME-ON-MN to FL-LA
L. vetusta TX
Larvae are kleptoparasites of solitary wasps (Vespidae, Sphecidae)(3)
See Also
Print References
Rodrigues, P.F., and Lamas, C.J. (2013). A revision of the New World genus Lepidophora Westwood, 1835 (Diptera, Bombyliidae, Ecliminae) with a key to the species. Zootaxa No. 3682:1-44. (Full Text)
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Evenhuis N.L., Greathead D.J. (2015) World catalog of bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae) web site
3.Kleptoparasitism and phoresy in the Diptera
Sivinski J., Marshall S.A., Petersson E. 1999. Florida Entomologist 82: 179-197.