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Mallophora atra

Mallophora atra
St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
July 26, 2006
Size: BL 25-30mm
This was a massive, heavy bodied monster that looked like it could take out large carpenter bees.

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Very impressive insect. Missed this when it came by. I think nigra may be a Florida area only species but don't have my catalog here. Does not occur in TX that I know of.

the U of F page it states 'M. nigra Williston may be merely a wholly-black color variant of M. bomboides' and there was only one record for nigra outside of FL in NC.

I forgot that M. nigra is now M. atra Macquart. And it is listed only for Florida and Brazil and Mexico south to Argentina. There is a strange notation of one specimen ? for Minnesota. It is listed in the current catalog as a full species separate from bomboides. I will see if Dr. Fisher knows what the story is on the Minn specimen and the bomboides color question.

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