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Species Dipalta serpentina

Dipalta sp. - Dipalta serpentina Dipalta serpentina? - Dipalta serpentina Xenox sp - Dipalta serpentina Conophorus? - Dipalta serpentina Dipalta serpentina? - Dipalta serpentina Unknown Bee Fly(?) - Dipalta serpentina Dipalta banski or serpentina? - Dipalta serpentina Dipalta banski or serpentina? - Dipalta serpentina
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 Dipalta
Species serpentina (Dipalta serpentina)
Explanation of Names
Dipalta serpentina Osten Sacken 1877
wing venation distinctive: R2+3 contorted into an S-shape and connected by a cross-vein to R4 ―see diagram(1)
across the US (WA―CA to ME―FL) to Honduras(2)
in CA, most abundant in Aug―Sep(3)
Larvae parasitize pupae and perhaps larvae of antlions (Myrmeleontidae) ―see Leech & Leech (1989)
Print References
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 1
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1981. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.Evenhuis N.L., Greathead D.J. (2015) World catalog of bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae) web site
3.The Flies of Western North America
Frank R. Cole and Evert I. Schlinger. 1969. University of California Press.
4.Bee Flies of the World: The Genera of the Family Bombyliidae
Hull, Frank M. 1973. Smithsonian Institution Press.
5.The genus Neodiplocampta Curran and related bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae)
Hull F.M., Martin W.C. 1974. Proc. ent. Soc. Wash. 76: 322―346.