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Genus Hemipenthes

Hemipenthes sp - Hemipenthes Hemipenthes Bee Fly - Hemipenthes fuzzy fly - Hemipenthes sinuosa Sinuous Bee Fly - Hemipenthes sinuosa Hemipenthes ? - Hemipenthes Bee Fly - Hemipenthes Sinuous Bee Fly - Hemipenthes sinuosa - Hemipenthes sinuosa Bee Fly or Horse Fly? - Hemipenthes sinuosa
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 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)
Numbers
23 spp. in our area, 80 total(2)
Size
6-12 mm, wingspan up to 22 mm
Identification
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.
Range
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)
Season
H. celeris: Jul-Sep in NC, H. sinuosa May-Sep in NC, Jun-Aug in MN(3)
Food
hosts: Diptera, cocoons of Ichneumonoidea & their Lepidoptera and Diprionidae hosts; records from Bombyliidae pupae, Andrenidae and Acrididae unreliable(4)
See Also
Chrysanthrax has similar wing pattern, but boundary is more linear (not so sinuate), plus golden hair on body