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Genus Lordotus

OC Bee Fly Archives - fuzzy male - Lordotus planus - male Golden bombyliid - Lordotus striatus - female Bombyliidae-Lordotus zona ? - Lordotus Bombyliidae--Lordotus - Lordotus striatus fly 108 - Lordotus Aphoebantus mus - Lordotus Solid black bee fly.  - Lordotus Bee Fly - Lordotus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Bombyliidae (Bee Flies)
Subfamily Bombyliinae
Tribe Conophorini
Genus Lordotus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lordotus Loew 1863
Explanation of Names
Likely from Greek root lordo, meaning "bent backward" (1), perhaps referring to the somewhat bent posture.
Numbers
27 spp. in our area, 29 total(2)
Size
various species: 5-12 mm (Coquillett, 1888. Synopsis of the North American Species of Lordotus--BHL link)
Identification
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:
  
Range
w. NA (AB to Mexico); in our area, WA-CA to AB-KS-TX(2)
Print References
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