hunchback bee fly

(Lepidophora lutea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

hunchback bee fly

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

July to September

Habitat

 

Size

 

         
          Photo by Bill Reynolds

Identification

This medium-sized bee fly has a distinctly hunch-backed appearance.

The thorax and first four abdominal segments (A1–A4) are covered with yellow hairs. The thorax does not have long, curved, bristle-like hairs. A5 has black hairs above and whitish or yellowish-white hairs on the side. A6–A8 are covered with black hairs. 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. The beak (proboscis) is extended.

 
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Larval Food

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

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 24, 29, 30.


Comments

Mimic
In shape and behavior this is a robber fly mimic.


Taxonomy

Order:

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 

Suborder:

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

 

Infraorder:

Muscomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Asiloidea

 

Family:

Bombyliidae (bee flies)

 

Subfamily:

Ecliminae

 
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Common
Names

hunchback bee fly


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Barnes
8/14/2016

Location: Itasca State Park

 

hunchback bee fly


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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