Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Likely from Greek root lordo
, meaning "bent backward" (1)
, perhaps referring to the somewhat bent posture.
27 spp. in our area, 29 total(2)
various species: 5-12 mm (Coquillett, 1888. Synopsis of the North American Species of Lordotus
See comments on images here. Impression: Small, fuzzy, often colorful (some species sexually dimorphic, with newly-emerged females bright orange) bee-flies of the southwest and west. Proboscis long--often found taking nectar. Face hairy, perhaps distinguishing from similar genera (comments on images here). Wing venation:
w. NA (AB to Mexico); in our area, WA-CA to AB-KS-TX(2)
Hall, J.C. (1954). A Revision of the Genus Lordotus Loew in North America (Diptera: Bombyliidae). University of California Publications in Entomology. Vol.10, No1, pp.1-34.
Johnson, D.E. & L.M. Johnson (1959). Notes on the genus Lordotus
Loew, with descriptions of new species (Bombyliidae, Diptera). Great Basin Nat., Vol. 19, pp. 9-26 (Full text
Hall, J.C. and Evenhuis, N.L. (1982). Genus Lordotus Loew (1863) in: Flies of the Nearctic Region V, Part 13, No.3: 186-238