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Genus Hemipenthes

Bee Fly - Hemipenthes celeris Bee Fly - Hemipenthes Small Bee Fly - Hemipenthes Bee fly - Hemipenthes sinuosa Hemipenthes 154624 - Hemipenthes Bee Fly - Hemipenthes morioides unknown bee fly - Hemipenthes celeris - female Bee fly - Hemipenthes
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 Villini
Genus Hemipenthes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Hemipenthes Loew 1869
'half-veiled in black' (refers to the wing pattern)
23 spp. in our area, 80 spp. worldwide(2)
6-12 mm, wingspan up to 22 mm
Body dark, often with scattered pale metalic-colored hairs on abdomen and/or thorax; wings with dark leading edge; dark area of wing has irregular rear border; trailing edge of wing clear. Proboscis fairly short, does not project beyond face. Face bluntly rounded. Rear margin of eye indented. Front tibia has dark bristles.
Key to nearctic species in Ávalos-Hernández(2009)...see "Print References" below.
New World (almost 2/3 of spp.) and Eurasia; in our area, all but 5 spp. are western (more diverse in sw. US), H. sinuosa e. US + AZ, H. catulina and the holarctic H. morio transcontinental in the US, H. celeris & H. floridana restricted to se. US(2)
H. celeris: Jul-Sep in NC, H. sinuosa May-Sep in NC, Jun-Aug in MN(3)
Ectoparasitoids in puparia of Diptera, cocoons of Ichneumonoidea, also their Lepidoptera and Diprionidae hosts. "We consider records from Bombyliidae pupae, Andrenidae and Acrididae are unreliable" ( Yeates, D. The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies)
See Also
Chrysanthrax has similar wing pattern, but boundary is more linear (not so sinuate), plus golden hair on body
Print References
Ávalos-Hernández, Omar (2009). A review of the North American species of Hemipenthes Loew, 1869 (Diptera: Bombyliidae). Zootaxa 2074: 1–49 (Full Text)
Yeates, David K. (1997). The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): A diverse family of parasitoid flies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 60(2):149-185 (Full Text)
Internet References
Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification. Key to the Hemipenthes species of Ontario and eastern Canada.