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Genus Villa

unknown fly - Villa Villa Bee fly? - Villa Systoechus sp.? - Villa unidentified Bombyliidae - Villa MN Aug - Villa lateris? - Villa Villa alternata? - Villa Orthorrhapha?  Subfamily Anthracinae?  Genus?  Species? - Villa
Classification
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 Villa
Explanation of Names
Villa Lioy, 1864
Numbers
45 spp. in our area, ~270 spp. worldwide(1)
Identification
This genus has not been reviewed in NA since Coquillett (1892) and needs revision based on genitalic characters. Outside of some better-known local faunas, identification to species is difficult and tentative at best.
Range
worldwide; in our area, mostly western but relatively well represented in the east (~17 spp.) and in Canada (12 spp.); at least 3 spp. are transcontinental(1)
Food
Endoparasitoids of Noctuidae, Lycaenidae, Tabanidae, Tenebrionidae, Myrmeleontidae. (Research.net. Yeates, D. The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies)
Life Cycle
Note peculiar sand-gathering behavior in females:
  
See Also
compare wing venation, Villa vs. Exoprosopa:
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Print References
Coquillett D.W. (1892) Revision of the species of Anthrax from America north of Mexico. Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 19: 168–187. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)