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Family Asilidae - Robber Flies


Records of Coleoptera as prey of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) in eastern New Mexico and west Texas.
By Pollock, D.A. and R.J. Lavigne.
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 121(1): 81-102., 2019
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Pollock, D.A. and R.J. Lavigne. 2019. Records of Coleoptera as prey of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) in eastern New Mexico and west Texas. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 121(1): 81-102.

Abstract

Two hundred and ninety-three records for 20 families of Coleoptera (excluding Carabidae) preyed upon by 36 species (in 18 genera) of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) in eastern New Mexico and adjacent west Texas are listed. Among genera of asilid predators, individuals of Heteropogon Loew, 1847 (4 spp.) were responsible for 54.6% of all Coleoptera prey records, followed by Efferia Coquillett, 1893 (7 spp.) with 10.2% and Diogmites Loew, 1866 (3 spp.) with 9.2%. The three genera of asilids with the highest percentage of beetle prey among all insect and spider prey collected were Ospriocerus Loew, 1866 (41% of 44 records), Heteropogon Loew, 1847 (23% of 814 records) and Proctacanthus Macquart, 1838 (10% of 440 records).

Robber Flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of the Yukon
By Robert A. Cannings
Royal British Columbia Museum, P.O. Box 9815, Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 9W2, 1997
Available as PDF doc from U. of Alberta, giving species accounts of 20 species recorded in Yukon.

Originally published as pp. 637–662 in H.V. Danks and J.A. Downes (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa. 1034 pp. 1997.

Robber flies of Utah (Diptera: Asilidae)
By Nelson C.R.
Western North American Naturalist 47: 38-90, 1987

A literature-based checklist of Kansas robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae)
By Beckemeyer R.J.
The Prairie Naturalist 33(2): 65-92, 2001

Phylogeny of Asilidae inferred from morphological characters of imagines (Insecta: Diptera: Brachycera: Asiloidea)
By Dikow T.
Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 319: 1–175, 2009
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A phylogenetic hypothesis for Asilidae based on a total evidence analysis of morphological and DNA sequence data...
By Dikow T.
Organisms Diversity & Evolution 9(3): 165–188, 2009

Catalog of the robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of the Nearctic Region [unpublished draft]
By Fisher E.M., Wilcox J.
45 pp., 1997
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Taxonomy and biology of Central American robber flies with an illustrated key to genera (Diptera: Asilidae)
By E.M. Fisher, H.A. Hespenheide
in: Quintero D., Aiello A. (eds) Insects of Panama and Mesoamerica: Selected studies: 611-632, 655, 665, 1992
in: Quintero, D., & A. Aiello (eds), Insects of Panama and Mesoamerica: Selected Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York & Tokyo, xxii+692 pp.