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Species Mallophora orcina - Southern Bee Killer

Southern Bee Killer - Mallophora orcina Southern Killer Bee dining on Rose Chafer - Mallophora orcina BG1338 D0509 - Mallophora orcina - male BG1343 D0528 - Mallophora orcina - female BG1343 D0528 - Mallophora orcina - female Bumblebee-mimicking robber fly - Mallophora orcina - female Mallophora orcina? - Mallophora orcina Bumble Bee-Like Robber Fly, ID Please - 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.