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Bee Fly - Anthrax striatipennis

Bee Fly - Anthrax striatipennis
Hobe Sound, Florida, USA
June 26, 2004

Moved from Anthrax.

Wing pattern
looks very similar to Anthrax striatipennis (formerly a ssp. of irroratus ), which occurs in Florida, and on the coastal plains of the southeastern U.S. (north to SC, west to AL).
I'm not an expert, though, was just looking at Marston's old (1970) revision of the genus ["Revision of New World Species of Anthrax (Diptera: Bombyliidae), Other than the Anthrax albofasciatus Group"], trying to figure out a fly I saw earlier this year (not posted yet), and having fun looking through similar photos at bugguide.
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Looks right
I think you can move this to species. I don't have any specimens at hand, so I'm also going by Marston's key, but this specimen matches Marston's description and illustration of wing pattern well, and the only other North American species with spotted subcostal and costal cells is the southwestern A. cintalpa.

Thanks, Joel,
appreciate your input!

ID doubtful
I suspect this is not A. irroratus because the wing pattern is considerably different from the image of that species at Cedar Creek. Most likely some other species of Anthrax - the Nearctica site lists 27 in that genus.

I agree...
Thanks Robin, I'll pull it back to genus until we get an expert ID:)

Very nice shot
Very nice image, Tony, and a really fresh specimen with all its scales intact!