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Species Dasylechia atrox

Dasylechia atrox Laphria - Dasylechia atrox - male Dasylechia atrox.? - Dasylechia atrox Asilid - Dasylechia atrox Asilid - Dasylechia atrox Asilid - Dasylechia atrox Asilid - Dasylechia atrox Asilid - Dasylechia atrox
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 Laphriinae
Genus Dasylechia
Species atrox (Dasylechia atrox)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperechia atrox Williston 1883
Explanation of Names
Dasylechia atrox (Williston 1883)
Size
25 mm (1)
Identification
From couplet 2 of Key to the Genera of the Laphriini in (1), p. 118:
Antennae with a distinct terminal style; palpi enlarged, head thickly set with long hairs, genitalia very small, large robust hairy species, bumble bee - like in appearance; proboscis short, truncate.

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Range
Widely scattered records from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Utah. (Bullington 1978)(2)
Life Cycle
Unknown.
Remarks
One of rarest North American asilids, with only perhaps a couple dozen specimens known to science.
See Also
Bee-mimicking robber flies (Laphria, Mallophora); bee-mimicking syrphids (e.g. Mallota); bumblebees (Bombus); Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica).
Print References
Bullington S.W. (1978) Two new records for Dasylechia atrox (Williston)(Diptera: Asilidae), with a review of all previous records. Entomological News, 89: 195-196.