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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Exoprosopa

Lesser Bee Fly - Exoprosopa fascipennis Exoprosopa decora Bee Fly - Exoprosopa decora Bee Fly - Exoprosopa fascipennis Fly on Sulfur Buckwheat - Exoprosopa caliptera Black-bodied bee fly - Exoprosopa bee fly (?Exoprosopa) - Exoprosopa fasciata Bee Fly - Exoprosopa
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 Exoprosopini
Genus Exoprosopa
Explanation of Names
Exoprosopa Macquart, 1840
Numbers
~40 spp. in our area, ~340 worldwide(1)
Range
worldwide, much more diverse in the Old World, >50% of spp. in Africa; in our area, most spp. are western (esp. southwestern) and ~10 spp. occur east of the Mississippi River, of which E. decora & E. dorcadion are transcontinental(1)
Food
Cocoons of Sphecidae, Pompilidae and Tiphiidae. Also reported once for Scarabaeidae (Research.net. Yeates, D. The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies)
See Also
Villa spp.
compare wing venation, Villa vs. Exoprosopa:
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Print References
Curran, C. H. (1930). New Diptera from North and Central America. American Museum novitates, No. 415, pp. 1-16. (Full Text) Includes a key to 37 species and descriptions of 8 new species.
Elmer, D. & Johnson, L. M. (1958). New and insufficiently known Exoprosopa from the far west (Diptera: Bombyliidae). Great Basin Naturalist, 18, 69-84. (Full Text)