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Genus Sparnopolius

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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 Bombyliinae
Tribe Conophorini
Genus Sparnopolius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sparnopolius Loew, 1855
4 spp. in our area, 5 total (1)
6-9 mm (S. confusus) (2)
Yellowish, slightly hump-backed, with short pile on broad, flat abdomen. Wings clear. Proboscis long, but not greatly extended as in some other genera, protruding only somewhat more than antennae. Antennae with third segment tapered. Middle and hind tibiae with rows of large bristles. Wing venation:
NA (ON to Mexico); in our area, S. confusus is widespread, the rest are restricted to sw. US (CA-TX-WY)(1)
Life Cycle
S. confusus reported to be a parasitoid of June Beetles, Phyllophaga (2).
Internet References
distribution; PDF doc and type specimen locality [probably Mexico] (Neal Evenhuis and D.J. Greathead, World Catalog of Bee Flies, part 1)
Key to Bee Flies of the east with anatomical drawings (Herschel Raney, Arkansas)
Bee Flies of Ontario (2)--Sparnopolius confusus