hunchback bee fly

(Lepidophora lutea)

Conservation Status
hunchback bee fly
Photo by Luciearl
  IUCN Red List

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NNR - Unranked

     
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Description
 
 

Hunchback bee fly is a medium-sized bee fly with a distinctly hunch-backed appearance. It is a mimic of a robber fly.

The beak (proboscis) is extended.

The thorax is densely covered with yellow hair-like scales except in three longitudinal, black stripes. It does not have long, curved, bristle-like hairs.

The sides of the first four abdominal segments (A1–A4) are covered with yellow scales. A5 has black scales above and white, yellowish-white, or yellow scales on the side. A6–A8 are covered with black scales. A9–A10 are part of the external genitalia.

The wings have dark but faint patterns. They are held outstretched and swept back at rest. The first branch of the terminal fork of the median vein is behind the wing tip.

The legs are slender.

 
     
 

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Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

July to September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Larvae eat the collected food and/or the larvae of solitary wasps.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 29, 30.

 
  8/13/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)  
 

Suborder

Brachycera (circular-seamed flies, muscoid flies, short-horned flies)  
 

Infraorder

Muscomorpha  
 

Superfamily

Asiloidea  
 

Family

Bombyliidae (bee flies)  
 

Subfamily

Ecliminae  
 

Genus

Lepidophora  
       
 

Orthorrhapha was historically one of two infraorders of Brachycera, a suborder of Diptera. However, it did not contain all of the descendants of the last common ancestor (paraphyletic). It was split into five extant (still existing) and one extinct infraorder. Orthorrhapha is now considered obsolete and has not been used in decades, but it persists in printed literature and on some online sources. A recent revision of the order Diptera (Pope, et al., 2011) revived the name Orthorrhapha, but this has not been widely accepted.

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

hunchback bee fly

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  very cool to see this and to be able to identify it based on your photo.   hunchback bee fly  
 

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A very unusual insect!

 
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Luciearl

 
  This little critter landed on my arm as I was watering. He stayed for quite awhile licking my arm with that tiny forked "tongue". Whether it was a few water droplets or salt, he stayed on my arm for quite awhile and was able to call for my husband to "GET MY CAMERA"!!   hunchback bee fly  
 

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hunchback bee fly (Lepidophora lutea)
8/12/2020
Lake Linden, MI
very cool to see this and to be able to identify it based on your photo.
Video by Penny Milkey
http://www.minnesotaseasons.com/Insects/hunchback_bee_fly.html

   
       
       
 
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  Penny Milkey
8/12/2020

Location: Lake Linden, MI

very cool to see this and to be able to identify it based on your photo.  I have video and pics if you’d like them.

hunchback bee fly  
  Janet Gouvas
8/12/2020

Location: Harriet Lake, Forest Service camping area in Lake Co.

hunchback bee fly  
  Mike Bergquist
8/6/2019

Location: 5 miles west of Pennington, MN in Beltrami County.   

A very unusual insect!  

hunchback bee fly  
  Luciearl
8/12/2018

Location: Lake Shore, MN

This little critter landed on my arm as I was watering. He stayed for quite awhile licking my arm with that tiny forked "tongue". Whether it was a few water droplets or salt, he stayed on my arm for quite awhile and was able to call for my husband to "GET MY CAMERA"!!

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  Barnes
8/14/2016

Location: Itasca State Park

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  Bill Reynolds
7/28/2014

Location: Pennington Co., MN

Weird little insect it is, a Hunchback Bee Fly, flitting about the deck this evening.

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