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bee fly - Sparnopolius confusus - male

bee fly - Sparnopolius confusus - Male
fayetteville, washington County, Arkansas, USA
September 20, 2006
Size: ~10mm
perhaps Sparnopolius confusus or lherminierii

Sparnopolius lherminierii seems to be the answer, after looking through the Bombyliidae at the university museum

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Sparnopolius confusus
I agree with Herschel on this page. First antennal segment is slightly swollen (which it shares with Conophorus, though the latter seem quite a bit more swollen; same tribe, Conophorini), and the wing venation is that shown for lherminierii in Hull ((1), page 499, fig.420). Short-cropped, relatively neat pile, and color also seem right.
However, S. lherminierii is now part of confusus (World Cat.pp.203-204 (2)). Oh, the type locality for lherminierii, as given in the World Cat., is USA ("Caroline"). This species is rather widely distributed, from Ontario, Canada, south to Florida, and west to California.
Eyes, according to Hull, are holoptic in males of this sp., so this is a male.
Finally, I think these are excellent photos!

S. confusus
i think that is a mystery solved, thank you very much Hartmut... i had no idea lherminierii was now part of confusus, and now i really want the world catalog by Dr. Evenhuis.

Hello Edward,
You can just download, as a PDF, part 1 of the World Cat..

Certainly. I think that lherminierii is western only but I have no range maps. S. confusus has an extensive range. Fine shots. Definitive wing veins.