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Genus Chrysopilus

Chrysopilus modestus Loew - Chrysopilus modestus Chrysopilus? - Chrysopilus Ornate Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus ornatus - Chrysopilus ornatus - female Rhagionidae - Snipe Flies Genus Chrysopilus - Chrysopilus Fly - Chrysopilus quadratus - male tiny fly - Chrysopilus modestus - female Snipe fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - female Fly ID - Chrysopilus thoracicus - male
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chrysopilus Macquart 1826
Explanation of Names
Greek chryso 'golden' + Latin pilus 'hair'(1)
32 spp. in our area(2), ca. 350 spp. worldwide(3)
~8-10 mm
Key in (4)
nearly worldwide (poorly represented in Africa)(3)
Woodlands; adults typically perching on vegetation, larvae aquatic (associated with streamside vegetation) or found in moist, organic-rich soil(5)
larvae prey on oligochaetes, soft-bodied insect larvae, or grasshopper eggs(5)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Phylogeny and classification of Rhagionidae, with implications for Tabanomorpha (Diptera: Brachycera)
Kerr P.H. 2010. Zootaxa 2592: 1–133.
4.The North American Chrysopilus (Rhagionidae-Diptera)
Hardy, D.E. 1949. American Midland Naturalist 44(1): 143-167.
5.Revision of the genera of the Rhagionidae of the world (Diptera: Brachycera)
P.H. Kerr. 2004. University of Maryland.