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Genus Ommatius

Robber Fly with blackfly prey - Ommatius tibialis Ommatius tibialis ROBBER FLY: Ommatius female - Ommatius - female robber - Ommatius Robber Fly - Ommatius tibialis Asilidae - Ommatius Ommatius - male  Ommatius tibialis? - Ommatius
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Asilinae
Genus Ommatius
Explanation of Names
Ommatius Wiedemann 1821
a classical name: sources mention an Ommatius involved with the British invasion of Gaul in the 6th century
13 spp. in our area, ~310 total(1)
Medium-sized to small robber flies. Antennae are slightly feathery, like those of a moth, apparently a distinctive character of the genus (among North American genera):
tropics worldwide, with some holarctic representation; most diverse in the Neotropics (>1/3 of all spp.); in our area, across the US, most spp. in sw. US(1)
May-Sep in NC(2)
Print References
Scarbrough A.G. (1990) Revision of the New World Ommatius Wiedemann (Diptera: Asilidae). I. The Pumilus Species Group. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 116(1): 65-102 (abstract)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Information on robber flies, compiled by F. Geller-Grimm
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.