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Genus Chrysopilus

Gold-backed or Ornate Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus Ornate Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus ornatus - female Chrysopilus ? - Chrysopilus ornatus - female Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus quadratus rhagionid 1 - Chrysopilus thoracicus Chrysopilus quadratus? - Chrysopilus - male Golden-Backed Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus thoracicus - male Chrysopilus snipe fly - Chrysopilus - 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)
Kerr P.H. 2004. U. Maryland.