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Poecilanthrax sp dorsal.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Bombyliidae
Subfamily: Anthracinae
Tribe: Villini
Genus: Poecilanthrax
Osten Sacken, 1886
Type species
Anthrax alcyon
Say, 1825

Poecilanthrax is a large, primarily Nearctic genus of flies belonging to the family Bombyliidae (bee-flies).

These are large to large robust flies with a body length of 8–14 mm. They have large elongate pictured wings, with 2 or 3 submarginal cells and no vein M2. The abdomen is moderately lengthened, with 7 visible tergites. The front tarsi are reduced, and the tibia smooth.[1] The larvae feed on the moth larva of members of the family Noctuidae. Adults feed on pollen.[1]



  1. ^ a b Hull, F.M. (1973). Bee flies of the world. The genera of the family Bombyliidae. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. 687 pp. ISBN 0-87474-131-9. 
  2. ^ "World Catalog Family Bombyliidae Latreille (part 1 (Oligodraninae through Bombyliinae, p. 1-206)" (PDF). Bishop Museum. 1999. pp. 1–206. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "World Catalog Family Bombyliidae Latreille (part 1 (Oligodraninae through Bombyliinae, p. 1-206) - Revised Edition" (PDF). Bishop Museum. September 2003. pp. 1–206. Retrieved 12 January 2009.