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Species Heterostylum robustum - Bomber Fly

Bomber Fly--abdominal pattern - Heterostylum robustum - female Bee fly? - Heterostylum robustum - female Bee fly-Heterostylum? - Heterostylum robustum - male Fly with a fur cape - Heterostylum robustum fly 50 - Heterostylum robustum Heterostylum robustum - female Bee Fly - Heterostylum robustum Bombyliidae- unknown genus and species - Heterostylum robustum
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 Bombyliinae
Tribe Bombyliini
Genus Heterostylum
Species robustum (Bomber Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heterostylum robustum (Osten-Sacken, 1877)
Heterostylum robustus (spelling/gender)
10-12 mm (guide images, Internet searches)
Large Bee-fly with long proboscis and strong pattern on rear of abdomen.
Mating pair:
w. NA (OR-CA to AB-KS-TX + GA) to Mexico; one record here from North Carolina
recorded hosts: Nomia (Halictidae), Ammophila (Sphecidae)
Print References
Bohart G.E., Stephen W.P., Eppley R.K. (1960) The biology of Heterostylum robustum, a parasite of the Alkali bee. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 53: 425-435.
Internet References