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Species Hemipenthes webberi

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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 Villini
Genus Hemipenthes
Species webberi (Hemipenthes webberi)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Villa webberi Johnson 1919
Explanation of Names
Hemipenthes webberi (Johnson 1919)
6 to 10 mm long.
Head: Round, black with a few yellowish flecks. Females and males identical, except for space between the eyes at top of head.
Antenna: Black, very short.
Thorax: Black hair with some yellowish flecks; a few white hairs at side edges below the wing bases, barely noticeable.
Wings: Brown on outer (costa) edge and inward to a little over half the width of wing. Tips clear. Main ID: Inner wing edge always clear (anal cell).
Legs: Black. Tips of front and middle thigh (femora) yellow. Hind shin (tibiae) yellow. Feet black.
Abdomen: Black with some white at sides of 1st and last segments.
Note: Conflicting descriptions of abdomen from all 3 authors.
Known larval hosts for Hemipenthes in general include both Lepidoptera and diprionid sawflies and the tachinid flies and ichneumonoid wasps parasitizing them.
Holotype as Villa webberi male by Johnson, 1919. Type Locality: Massachusetts. In the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
See Also
Hemipenthes morioides has brown on wing extending to inner margin. The inner margin area (anal cell or auxillary cell) is clear on H. webberi.
Print References
Psyche, 1919, Vol. 26 by Johnson, pp. 11-12.
Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification, 2008, #6 Bee Flies by Kits, et al., pg. 12.
Zootaxa, 2009 #2074 by Hernandez, pp. 42-43.