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Genus Chrysopilus

Dolichopodidae? - Chrysopilus tomentosus Some Kind of Fly? - Chrysopilus snipe fly - Chrysopilus basilaris - female Ornate Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - male Unknown Fly? - Chrysopilus basilaris Gold-backed Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus thoracicus Red-eyed fly is? - Chrysopilus quadratus - male Unknown sitting fly - Chrysopilus quadratus - female
Classification
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
Explanation of Names
Chrysopilus Macquart 1826
'golden pile'
Numbers
32 spp. in our area(1), ~350 total(2)
Size
~8‒10 mm
Identification
Key in (3)
Range
nearly worldwide (poorly represented in Africa)(2)
Habitat
Woodlands; adults typically perching on vegetation, larvae aquatic (associated with streamside vegetation) or found in moist, organic-rich soil(4)
Food
larvae prey on oligochaetes, soft-bodied insect larvae, or grasshopper eggs(4)