hunchback bee fly

(Lepidophora lutea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

hunchback bee fly

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NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

July to September

Habitat

 

Size

 

         
          Photo by Luciearl
 
Identification

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

The thorax is densely covered with yellow hair-like scales except in three longitudinal, black stripes. The sides of the first four abdominal segments (A1–A4) are covered with yellow scales. The thorax does not have long, curved, bristle-like hairs. 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. The beak (proboscis) is extended.

 
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Species

 

 
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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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"!!

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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"!!

hunchback bee fly


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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