n.1.(Zool.) A genus of large and voracious two-winged flies, including the bee killer and robber fly.
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Wiedemann (1828)--Described Asilus acrobaptus from 'Bom Kap' (i.
Macquart (1838)--Described Asilus incisuralis with the brief comment 'L'un et l'autre sont du Cap.
Macquart (1846)--Described Asilus dubius from 'Port Natal, et de la Cafrerie'.
Oldroyd (1980) included Asilus incisuralis Macquart, 1838 in the Afrotropical Catalogue without explanation, and so it remains necessary to check the type(s) of this species in order to verify the assignment.
Oldroyd (1980), without explanation, catalogued Asilus incisuralis Macquart, 1838 as a valid Synolcus.
Clements and Skidmore (1998) also observed similar formations on the surface of eggs of Asilus crabroniformis L.
The autoecology of the hornet robber fly Asilus crabroniformis L.
This is particularly the case when he describes the sound of a herd stung by the asilus ('gadfly') at Geo.
Type species: Asilus glaucius Rossi, 1790, by subsequent designation (Engel 1930: 363).