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Genus Lasiopogon

Dune flies... - Lasiopogon littoris Gray-on-gray robber fly - Lasiopogon drabicola Robber Fly with Prey - Lasiopogon - Lasiopogon willametti - male BG2766 E0076 - Lasiopogon - female Asilidae 6-24-10 01a - Lasiopogon monticola Lasiopogon Lasiopogon actius - male Robber Fly - Lasiopogon fumipennis - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Stichopogoninae
Genus Lasiopogon
Explanation of Names
Lasiopogon Loew 1847
46 named spp. + several undescribed in our area, at least 120 known spp. worldwide (many of these undescribed)(1)
~5-12 mm, most spp. ~8-10 mm(1)
Worldwide in north temperate regions; the most northerly ranging asilid genus (only Rhadiurgus variabilis comes close), reaching the arctic seas. In NA:(1)(2)
West: AK-YT-NT south to AZ & n. Baja (mostly west of the Rockies); most diverse in CA; a few spp. occur in most provinces/states of the Great Plains and Midwest
East: QC-ON to GA-LA (not known from TX or FL)
Most spp. live along streams, but many inhabit beaches/dunes along oceans/lakes, open subalpine habitats, or sandy areas in dry forests, grasslands and heaths(1)
in lowlands, mostly active from March to early June (May is often the peak month in most of the range); mountain spp. mostly June-August. In so. CA several spp. fly in winter; in the Nevada desert, a species is active in autumn.(1)
Internet References
Genus profile based on(1)
Works Cited
1.The systematics of Lasiopogon (Diptera: Asilidae)
Cannings R.A. 2002. University of British Columbia Press. 400 pp.
2.Herschel Raney's Random Natural Acts: Robber Flies