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Genus Chrysopilus

Snipe fly?  1 - Chrysopilus ornatus Tachinid Fly? - Chrysopilus quadratus small golden fly - Chrysopilus tomentosus Rhagionidae, Ornate Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - male Chrysopilus snipe! - Chrysopilus connexus Some kind of bee or fly that looks like a bee - Chrysopilus ornatus Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus modestus ??? Female??? - Chrysopilus - female snipe fly, tallgrass prairie - Chrysopilus quadratus - female
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)
Kerr P.H. 2004. U. Maryland.