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Genus Chrysopilus

Another red-eyed snipe - Chrysopilus quadratus Golden-backed Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus thoracicus Dance Fly? - Chrysopilus modestus Chrysopilus taking off (sort of) - Chrysopilus quadratus - male Small Snipe-like fly - Chrysopilus proximus Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - male Ornate Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - female Chrysopilus tomentosus
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chrysopilus Macquart 1826
Explanation of Names
Greek chryso 'golden' + Latin pilus 'hair'(1)
Numbers
32 spp. in our area(2), ca. 350 spp. worldwide(3)
Size
~8-10 mm
Identification
Key in (4)
Range
nearly worldwide (poorly represented on continental Africa)(3)
Habitat
Woodlands; adults typically perching on vegetation, larvae aquatic (associated with streamside vegetation) or found in moist, organic-rich soil(5)
Season
Spring
Food
larvae prey on oligochaetes, soft-bodied insect larvae, or grasshopper eggs(5)
Print References
Hardy D.E. (1949) The North American Chrysopilus (Rhagionidae-Diptera). American Midland Naturalist 41(1): 143-167 (4)
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.