Poecilognathus sulphureus, copyright Stephen A. Marshall.

Belongs within: Asiloidea.
Contains: Anthracinae, Lomatiinae, Toxophorinae, Ecliminae, Bombyliinae.

The Bombyliidae, bee flies, are a group of often woolly and usually stoutly built flies that are most commonly ectoparasitoids as larvae. A large number of subfamilies of bombyliids are recognised, which have often been divided between two higher groups Tomophthalmae, in which the hind margin of the eye is sharply and usually deeply indented with a narrow line dividing the upper and lower rear facets, and Homoeophthalmae, in which the hind margin of the eye is entire and the facets not divided. Within the Homoeophthalmae, members of the subfamily Cylleniinae have have a swollen and dorsally bilobate occiput with a deep central cavity (Hall 1981).

Characters (from Greathead et al. 2009): Usually robust, often with long projecting proboscis, usually with pattern of coloured scales and hairs. Males frequently holoptic; antenna with one or two flagellomeres, frequently with terminal bristlelike stylus. Pronotum usually not apparent. Legs long and slender. Wings with R4+5 branched, vein M3 absent (four posterior cells), venation often reduced in smaller species. Male genitalia with epandrium comprising one sclerite; surstyli ablsent; gonocoxites usually fused basally, bearing articulated gonostyli apically; aedeagus usually sheathed, often with elaborate epiphallus; ejaculatory apodeme laterally compressed, usually well developed; sperm pump usually well developed. Female genitalia with acanthophorites present, usually bearing strong spines; normally three spermathecae with sclerotised bulbs.

<==Bombyliidae [Bombylarii]
    |--Tomophthalmae H81
    |    |--Anthracinae H81
    |    `--Lomatiinae H81
    `--Homoeophthalmae H81
         |--Toxophorinae H81
         |--Ecliminae H81
         |--Bombyliinae H81
         |--Platypygus [Cyrtosiinae] H81
         |    `--P. americanus H81
         |--Oligodranes H81 [Oligodraninae LYG03]
         |    `--O. cincturus H81
         |--Heterotropus [Heterotropinae] H81
         |    `--H. senex H81
         |--Tomomyzinae KME08
         |    |--Docidomyia parva LYG03
         |    `--Metacosmus mancipennis H81, KME08
         |--Lordotus H81 [Lordotinae LYG03]
         |    |--L. miscellus BM76
         |    `--L. striatus H81
         |--Cythereinae H81
         |    |--Neosardus LYG03
         |    `--Pantarbes pusio H81
         |--Desmatomyia H81 [Crocidiinae GEEL09, Desmatomyiinae]
         |    |--D. anomala H81
         |    `--D. binotata H81
         |--Usiinae KME08
         |    |--Eusurbus CM70
         |    |--Apolysis H81
         |    |    |--A. sigma KME08
         |    |    `--A. timberlakei H81
         |    `--Usia L02
         |         |--U. florea [=Volucella florea] L02
         |         `--U. vestita Macquart 1849 E12
         |--Cylleniinae H81
         |    |--Amphicosmus elegans H81
         |    |--Paracosmus morrisoni H81
         |    `--Cyllenia Latreille 1802 L02
         |         `--*C. maculata L02
         `--Phthiriinae H81
              |  i. s.: Acreotrichus CM91
              |         Australiphthiria CM91
              |         Marmosoma CM91
              |         Thevenemyia CM91
              |         Eclimus CM70
              |--Neacreotrichus [Phthiriini] GEEL09
              |    `--N. cingulatus GEEL09
              `--Poecilognathini GEEL09
                   |--Tmemophlebia GEEL09
                   |    |--T. coquilleti KME08
                   |    `--T. vockerothi KME08
                   `--Poecilognathus GEEL09
                        |--P. badius GEEL09
                        |--P. pulchellus GEEL09
                        `--P. sulphureus [=Phthiria sulphurea] GEEL09

Bombyliidae incertae sedis:
  Paleoplatypygus zaitzevi GE05
  Procyrtosia sukhatshevae GE05
  Alepidophora peali GE05
  Pachysystrophus rohweri GE05
  Mariobezzinae LYG03
  Oniromyiinae LYG03
  Myonema [Antoniinae] LYG03
  Heterotropa T07
    |--H. asper T07
    `--H. kooyana T07
  Ploas virescens K01
  Acridophagus flaviscutellaris R91
  Mulio obscura [=Cytherea obscura] L02
  Cyrtomorpha flaviscutellaris K70
  Pachyneres australis CM70

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BM76] Bohart, R. M., & A. S. Menke. 1976. Sphecid Wasps of the World. University of California Press: Berkeley.

[CM70] Colless, D. H., & D. K. McAlpine. 1970. Diptera (flies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers pp. 656–740. Melbourne University Press.

[CM91] Colless, D. H., & D. K. McAlpine. 1991. Diptera (flies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 717–786. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

[GEEL09] Greathead, D. J., N. L. Evenhuis & C. J. Einicker Lamas. 2009. Bombyliidae (bee flies). In: Brown, B. V., A. Borkent, J. M. Cumming, D. M. Wood, N. E. Woodley & M. A. Zumbado (eds) Manual of Central American Diptera, vol. 1 pp. 565–576. NRC Research Press: Ottawa.

[GE05] Grimaldi, D., & M. S. Engel. 2005. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press: New York.

[H81] Hall, J. C. 1981. Bombyliidae. In: McAlpine, J. F., B. V. Peterson, G. E. Shewell, H. J. Teskey, J. R. Vockeroth & D. S. Wood (eds) Manual of Nearctic Diptera vol. 1 pp. 589–602. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada.

[K01] Kertész, K. 1901. Legyek [Dipteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 179–201. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[K70] Key, K. H. L. 1970. Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, crickets). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers pp. 323–347. Melbourne University Press.

[KME08] Kits, J. H., S. A. Marshall & N. L. Evenhuis. 2008. The bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae) of Ontario, with a key to the species of eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 6: 1–52.

[LYG03] Lambkin, C. L., D. K. Yeates & D. J. Greathead. 2003. An evolutionary radiation of beeflies in semi-arid Australia: systematics of the Exoprosopini (Diptera: Bombyliidae). Invertebrate Systematics 17: 735–891.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[R91] Rentz, D. C. F. 1991. Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 1 pp. 369–393. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[T07] Tsurusaki, N. 2007. The Chugoku Mountains—a hotspot of geographical differentiation of species. Taxa 22: 3–14.

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