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Genus Poecilanthrax

Poecilanthrax - Poecilanthrax apache Poecilanthrax with orange wing - Poecilanthrax arethusa Exoprosopa sp.? - Poecilanthrax Bee Fly? - Poecilanthrax tegminipennis Poecilanthrax arethusa? - Poecilanthrax Poecilanthrax poecilogaster? - Poecilanthrax Poecilanthrax ingens? - Poecilanthrax ingens Poecilanthrax arethusa
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 Poecilanthrax
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Poecilanthrax Osten Sacken 1886
From Greek poecilos 'variegated' + Anthrax, another genus in this family
34 spp. in our area, 40 total(2)
NA (mostly nearctic) to Panama & West Indies; in our area, all but 5 spp. are restricted to w. NA(2)
Endoparasitoids of Noctuidae pupae ( Yeates, D. The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies)