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Genus Cyclotelus

Stilt-legged fly? - Cyclotelus - female Stilletto Fly - Cyclotelus Therevid? - Cyclotelus - female Stiletto Fly  - Cyclotelus hardyi - male Cyclotelus? 2 - Cyclotelus rufiventris - male Cyclotelus? 2 - Cyclotelus rufiventris - male Stilletto Fly - Cyclotelus hardyi - male fly - Cyclotelus rufiventris - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Therevidae (Stiletto Flies)
Subfamily Therevinae
Genus Cyclotelus
Other Common Names
The correct name for this genus is Cerocatus.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epomyia, Furcifera, Cyclotelus
Average length 6 to 9 mm.
All 4 species of Ceroctus (Cyclotelus) stiletto flies have long legs, 2 gray stripes (one each side of center) down the thorax, abdomen black with silvery gray on basal segments (1 female has red abdomen). All 4 have clear wings with faint gray crossband stripes or spots.

C. colei (male and female) thorax segment 2 (scutellum) is red. None on Bug Guide.
C. hardy (male, female not described) have obvious projecting tufts of black hair on scutellum.

C. rufiventris (female) has a red abdomen (except segment 1). Underside also red.
C. pictipennis (female) has an odd-colored blackish blue-gray abdomen with a black tip.

C. rufiventris and C. pictipennis males are almost identical.
C. rufiventris (male) has 1st segment of hind foot yellow, C. pictipennis (male) feet are all dark.

A 5th species, C. bellus has wings gray with 2 white crossband stripes, exactly opposite of the other 4 Cerocatus (Cyclotelus) species. A single female specimen was found in 1911, and described by Cole in 1923. The male is unknown. Possibly a stray from central America. Specimen is in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Pennsylvania. #6279.
Sandy areas of forest edges, meadows, dunes.
generally the larvae of this genus have been found to feed on wireworms – click beetle larvae
Life Cycle