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Genus Lordotus

Hairy Black Bee Fly - Lordotus - male Hairy Black Bee Fly - Lordotus Orange Beefly - Lordotus striatus - female Gray Bee Fly - Lordotus planus Bee Fly - Lordotus gibbus Lordotus Bee fly - Lordotus long-legged orange bee-fly - Lordotus
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.
27 spp. in our area, 29 total(2)
various species: 5-12 mm (Coquillett, 1888. Synopsis of the North American Species of Lordotus--BHL link)
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)
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