During my Field Biology class’ collecting trip to Kickapoo State Park on September 22, 2013 I encountered a fly species entirely new to me.
Lepidophora lepidocera, a bee fly, has a proboscis specialized for nectar feeding and the long hairs typical of all of its relatives in the family Bombyliidae. Adults are characterized by a bouncing flight pattern and the “broken-back” appearance distinctly shown in the individual above. Larvae, which are parasitic, can be found in wasp nests where they parasitize wasp larvae.
Like most other insect species, there is no common name for this species.
Thanks to buddy Eric Eaton, co-author of the “Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America”, for producing a guide that made identification of this individual so simple.