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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Anthrax

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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 Anthracini
Genus Anthrax
Explanation of Names
Anthrax Scopoli 1763
Greek ανθραξ = 'coal'
Numbers
38 spp. in our area, ~250 spp. worldwide(1)
Range
worldwide, most diverse in Eurasia & Africa; in our area, 11 spp. in the east (of which 4 transcontinental in the north), the rest are western(1)
Remarks
Some species have been reported parasitizing tiger beetles and megachilid bees.
Print References
Nearctic species are revised in:
Marston N. (1963) A revision of the Nearctic species of the albofasciatus group of the genus Anthrax Scopoli (Diptera: Bombyliidae). Tech. Bull. Kans. State U. Agric. Exp. Sta. 127: 1–79.
Marston N. (1970) Revision of New World species of Anthrax (Diptera: Bombyliidae), other than the Anthrax albofasciatus group. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 43: 1–148. (Full text: low-resolution | high-resolution)