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Genus Lasiopogon

BG694 Asilid - Lasiopogon - male Dune flies... - Lasiopogon littoris - male - female Lasiopogon fumipennis - male Lasiopogon oklahomensis - female Lasiopogon willametti 3016797 Asilid - Lasiopogon Small Robber Fly - Lasiopogon fly - Lasiopogon - female
Classification
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
Numbers
46 named spp. + several undescribed in our area, at least 120 known spp. worldwide (many of these undescribed)(1)
Size
5‒12 mm, most spp. 8‒10 mm(1)
Range
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‒Baja, mainly 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 (none known from TX or FL)
Habitat
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)
Season
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.(1)
Print References
(3)
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
3.Molecular phylogeny of the genus Lasiopogon (Diptera: Asilidae) and a taxonomic revision of the bivittatus section
McKnight, Tristan A. and Cannings, Robert A. 2020. Zootaxa 4835 (1): 001–115.