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Species Thyridanthrax atratus

Thyridanthrax atratus - female Bee fly - Thyridanthrax? - Thyridanthrax atratus Bee Fly - Thyridanthrax atratus - female black small fly - Thyridanthrax atratus Thyridanthrax atratus? - Thyridanthrax atratus T. atratus - Thyridanthrax atratus Bee Fly - Thyridanthrax atratus Dark bombylid - Thyridanthrax atratus
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 Thyridanthrax
Species atratus (Thyridanthrax atratus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anthrax atrata Coquillet, 1887. Type locality: California
Cole & Schlinger listed this as a subgenus of Villa (Thyridanthrax)
Thyridanthrax atratus (see World Cat.: (1))
Entirely black, except for the hyaline wing tips.
Larval hosts: wasps, e.g. Bembix occidentalis beutenmuelleri (Bohart & MacSwain (1939), cited in Hull (2)
Print References
Coquillett, D.W. 1887. Monograph of the species belonging to the genus ANTHRAX from America north of Mexico. Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc. and Proc. of the Ent. Section of the Academy of Nat. Sciences, Vol. 14: 159-182 (available at BHL)

Frank R. Cole, and Evert I. Schlinger. The Flies of Western North America. UC Press (1969).(3)

A field guide to bee flies of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, by Rick Rogers; appeared in the July/August issue (vol. XI # 4) of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Newsletter.

Works Cited
1.World Catalog of Bee Flies (Diptera : Bombyliidae)
Neal L. Evenhuis. 1999. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. 804 pp.
2.Bee Flies of the World: The Genera of the Family Bombyliidae
Hull, Frank M. 1973. Smithsonian Institution Press.
3.The Flies of Western North America
Frank R. Cole and Evert I. Schlinger. 1969. University of California Press.