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Species Chrysopilus ornatus - Ornate Snipe Fly

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Infraorder Tabanomorpha
Family Rhagionidae (Snipe Flies)
Genus Chrysopilus
Species ornatus (Ornate Snipe Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chrysopilus ornatus (Say, 1823)
Explanation of Names
Chryso is Greek for gold; pilus is Latin for hair. Ornatus is Latin for adorned.
One of 32 Nearctic species in the genus.
male: 11-13 mm; female: 14-17 mm (American Insects)
Spring. May-July (North Carolina).
Print References
Brimley, p. 330 (1)
Marshall, p. 445--color photo (2)
Eaton and Kaufman, p. 286-287, color photo (3)
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
2.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
3.Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2006. Houghton Mifflin.