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Species Mallophora orcina - Southern Bee Killer

Southern Bee Killer and prey - Mallophora orcina Robberfly - bumblebee mimic - Mallophora orcina Playing hard to get - Mallophora orcina - male - female Robber Fly, Bee killer? - Mallophora orcina Bumble Bee-Like Robber Fly, ID Please - Mallophora orcina Genus Mallophora- is this Mallophora orcina - Mallophora orcina a robber fly - Mallophora orcina Robber Fly / Mallophora orcina - Mallophora orcina
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Asilinae
Genus Mallophora (Bee Killers)
Species orcina (Southern Bee Killer)
Explanation of Names
Mallophora orcina (Wiedemann 1828)
Size
~16-24 mm (Eric Fisher)
Identification
Similar to M. bomboides but smaller (than (16-24 mm vs 24-27 mm) and has first 4 tergites yellow-haired (in bomboides, tergites 1-3 yellow/white, but 4th is black). [comment by Eric Fisher]
key to 3 spp.[Cite:185010]
Range
so. US (MD-FL to IN-KS-TX-AZ)(1)
Season
Jul-Sep in NC(2), Apr-Aug in FL
Food
other insects, including bees
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Information on robber flies, compiled by F. Geller-Grimm
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.