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Anthrax varius (Variable Anthrax Bee-fly /Değişken Anthraks Arısineği)

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Anthrax varius (Variable Anthrax Bee-fly /Değişken Anthraks Arısineği)


Anthrax varius (Variable Anthrax Bee-fly /Değişken Anthraks Arısineği) from Silifke, Mersin - 25.05.2009.

Anthrax is a genus of bombyliid flies, commonly known as "bee-flies" due to their resemblance to bees. Most are dull black flies, and are usually small to medium in size, 4–20 millimetres (0.2–0.8 in), and many species have striking wing patterns.

Anthrax is a very large genus. While worldwide in distribution, most species are from the Palaearctic and Afrotropic regions. The genus includes species parasitic on tiger beetles – an unusual trait among the bee-flies. A. anthrax larvae parasitize bees. The type species is Musca morio Linnaeus, 1758, later found to be a misidentification of Musca anthrax Schrank, 1781.

References: 1. WiKiPeDiA. 2. Faunist.

Author Bayram GÖÇMEN
Created on Monday 25 May 2009
Posted on Sunday 17 July 2011
Tags Mersin, TURKEY / TÜRKİYE
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