Taxonomy

Bombylius major is one of 278 species in the genus Bombylius that are found in all biogeographic regions except Australasia (Evenhuis and Greathead 1999).

Since being named in 1758 by Linnaeus, Bombylius major has acquired a number of synonyms:

  • Bombylius major Linnaeus, 1758
  • Bombylius anonymus Sulzer, 1761
  • Bombylivs septimvs Schaeffer, 1769
  • Bombylius variegatus De Geer, 1776
  • Bombylius aequalis Fabricius, 1781
  • Asilus lanigerus Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785
  • Bombylius sinuatus Mikan, 1796
  • Bombylius fratellus Wiedemann, 1828
  • Bombylius consanguineus Macquart, 1840
  • Bombylius vicinus Macquart, 1840
  • Bombylius albipectus Macquart, 1855
  • Bombylius major var. australis Loew, 1855
  • Bombylius basilinea Loew, 1855
  • Bombylius antenoreus Lioy, 1864
  • Bombylius notialis Evenhuis, 1978b
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