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Species Mallophora orcina - Southern Bee Killer

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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 Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Asilinae
Genus Mallophora (Bee Killers)
Species orcina (Southern Bee Killer)
Explanation of Names
Mallophora orcina (Wiedemann 1828)
~16-24 mm (Eric Fisher)
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]
so. US (MD-FL to IN-KS-TX-AZ)(1)
Jul-Sep in NC(2), Apr-Aug in FL
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.