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Genus Chrysanthrax

Bee Fly - Chrysanthrax cypris Orange County  Bee Fly Archives #196  - Chrysanthrax vanus Bee Fly - Chrysanthrax edititius bee fly - Chrysanthrax cypris Chrysanthrax or Paravilla? - Chrysanthrax Bee fly on buckwheat - Chrysanthrax vanus Beefly ? fuzzy teddy bear, Villa species ? - Chrysanthrax cypris Chrysanthrax cypris
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 Villini
Genus Chrysanthrax
Explanation of Names
Chrysanthrax Osten Sacken 1886
30 spp. in our area, 55 total(1)
New World, US to Argentina & Chile; in our area, all but 3 spp. are western, esp. diverse in CA & sw. US; C. cypris & C. dispar are widespread in e. US, C. edititius ranges east to MI-OH-TX(1)
Reported as an external parasitoid of cocoons of Tiphiidae and Anthophoridae ( Yeates, D. The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies)
See Also
Hemipenthes has similar wing pattern that is less straight, more sinuate, plus dark hair on body. Poecilanthrax has no scales on the face.
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