Villa (insect)

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Villa hottentotta female.jpg
Female Villa hottentotta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Bombyliidae
Subfamily: Exoprosopinae
Genus: Villa
Lioy, 1864
Type species
Anthrax abaddon
Fabricius, 1794

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For other uses, see Villa (disambiguation).

Villa is a genus of flies belonging to the bee-fly family (Bombyliidae). They range in size from 5 to 17 millimetres (0.20 to 0.67 in), and have typically rounded heads. The males of some species have a brilliant mat of silvery patagial scales. About 270 Villa species are found on all continents except Antarctica.[1] They can be distinguished from similar genera (Hemipenthes) by their wing venation.[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. ^ a b c Stubbs, A. and Drake, M. (2001). British Soldierflies and Their Allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 512 pp. ISBN 1-899935-04-5. 
  3. ^ a b El-Hawagry, M. S. & Greathead, D. J. (2006). "Review of the genus Villa Lioy (Bombyliidae, Diptera) from Egypt, with descriptions of two new species" (PDF). Zootaxa (Magnolia Press) 1113: 21–32. ISSN 1175-5334.