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Subgenus Bombylius

Bombylius major - female Unknown bee like insect on mud - Bombylius major Orange County Bee Fly Archives - Caspers 1 - Bombylius curtirhynchus By their wing pattern you shall know them.  - Bombylius major Bombylius pulchellus Bee-Fly - Bombylius major moth, bee, fly?  - Bombylius atriceps Greater bee fly - Bombylius major
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 Bombyliini
Genus Bombylius
No Taxon Subgenus Bombylius
by far the largest subgenus, with ~60 spp. in our area, >200 spp. worldwide(1)
mostly holarctic, with very few spp. ranging somewhat to the south + ~20 Afrotropical spp.; in our area, 3/4 of spp. are western (mostly sw. US), 2 spp. transcontinental (B. major, B. pygmaeus), 3 spp. south-central, and 8 eastern(1)