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Species Anthrax aterrimus

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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 Anthracini
Genus Anthrax
Species aterrimus (Anthrax aterrimus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anthrax aterrimus Bigot, 1892. Synonyms:
Anthrax aterrima (spelling/gender)
Anthrax slossonae (Johnson, 1913). ITIS lists as the valid name.
Argyromoeba aterrimus Bigot, 1892
Spogostylum slossonae Johnson, 1913
Explanation of Names
Species name aterrimus is Latin, meaning ink-like in color, i.e., black (Dictionary of Entomology). Latin ater = black (1).
Length 13 mm, wingspan 34 mm (guide photos)
Only widespread eastern Anthrax with dark, unpatterned wings--see comments here:
Widespread in east: Connecticut to Florida, west to Arkansas, Louisiana.
spring - summer (April - July)
Print References
Borror, entry for ater (1)
Brimley, p. 341, Anthrax slossonae, Coastal Plain and Piedmont of NC, June, July (2)
Internet References
Eastern Bombylids--Herschel Raney
North Carolina State University Entomology--lists as aterrima, with 8 pinned in collection
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.