|Robber fly (Asilidae) with beetle prey|
The Asiloidea comprise a very large superfamily insects in the order Diptera, the true flies. It has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring worldwide, with many species living in dry, sandy habitat types. It includes the family Bombyliidae, the bee flies, which are parasitoids, and the Asilidae, the robber flies, which are predators of other insects. Members of the other families are mainly flower visitors as adults and predators as larvae.
- Apioceridae – flower-loving flies
- Asilidae – robber flies
- Bombyliidae – bee flies
- Mydidae – mydas flies
- Scenopinidae – window flies
- Therevidae – stiletto flies
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- Zhang, K., et al. (2007). Notes on the extinct family Protapioceridae, with description of a new species from China (Insecta: Diptera: Asiloidea). Zootaxa 1530, 27-32.