Daspletis vulpes Loew, 1858,

Londt, Jason G. H., 1983, The Genus Daspletis Loew, 1858 And The Description Of Two New Genera, Anasillomos And Remotomyia (Diptera: Asilidae: Stenopogoninae), Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, (J. Ent. Soc. South. Afr.) 46 (2), pp. 283-308: 296-298

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Daspletis vulpes Loew, 1858


Daspletis vulpes Loew, 1858  . Figs 2 5-27View Figs 1-5View Figs 6-10View Figs 11 15View Figs 16- 18View Figs 19- 21View Figs 22-24View Figs 25-27. Daspletis vulpes Loew, 1858: 337  (1860: 163). Redescription: Based on fresh material as listed below. Head: Antenna: scape and pedicel dark brown with yellow and white bristles and setae; first flagellomere brown-yellow, similar in structure to hirtas. Face blackish, entirely gold-silver pruinose, profile as in kirtus. Mystax confined to facial protuberanne, composed of long brown-yellow bristles (longer than antennae} and whitish setae. Vertex blackish, entirely gold-silver pruinose, equipped with yellowish bristles and setae. Ocellarium similar to iıirtus. Occiput blackish, gold-silver pruinose, equipped with yellow bristles and white setae; about 16 long, sinuous, brown-yellow bristles dorsocentrally. Proboseis dark red-brown, at least twice as long as antennae with few setae ventrallv. Thorax: Pleura dark red-brown, entirely silver-gold pruinose, with brownyellow bristles and white setae. Katatergite with about 30 long brown-yellow bristles and a few whitish setae. Antepronotum with yellowish bristles and white setae. Anatergite with a weak cluster of yellowish setae laterally. Mesonotum dark red-brown, dull gold pruinose. Postnatal lobes orange with ca. 12 brown-yellow bristles and a few white setae; ca. g notopleural bristles (usually 5 anteriorly, 4 posteriorly), ca. 6 supra-alars, ca. 4 postalars, all brown-yellow. Dorsocentral bristles well developed (extending to anterior of mesonotum) mostly black but a few brown-yellow anteriorly. Mane of fine yellow-white setae between dorso-central series, extends along entire length of rnesonotum. Scutellum with ca. 10 yellow long brown-yellow marginal bristles; disc with a few fine whitish setae only. Halters yellow-brown. Legs: Orange except for coxae and dorsal parts of femora which are dark-brown. Bristles brown-yellow, setae long yellow well developed. Claws black with red-brown bases. Abdomen: Torga and sterna of (É dark red-brown, entirely fine gold pruinose; terga with brown-yellow marginal bristles and long yellowish setae; sterna with an abundance of long yellow and shorter white setae. Q with a few yellowish marginal bristles on tg 1-3, otherwise with shortish white setae only; setae of tg 4-7 have short white anteriorly directed setae. å genitalia as in Figs 25-27View Figs 25-27. Variation: ô is far more bristly than 9, setae are longer and yellower. Ê has most setae shorter and white. ô specimens from Botswana have bristles and setae ginger in colour.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. BOTSWANA: 2 ♂, 3 miles W of Ramboekas. Part of K.. N P ., 1v.1970, B. Lamoral ( NM;  SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Province: 1 ♀ Roaring Sands Resort nr. Witsan, Acacia Woodland/Sandy area, 2822C, 17 -18 iii 1982, J. Londt & L. Schoeman ( N)  ; 2 ♀, 15 km SE Vanzylsrus 2622C, 2 iii 1982, J. Londt & L. Schoeman, Acacias/Grass/Shrubs ( N)  ; 1 ♀, 55 km W Vanzylsrus , 2721 BA, 2.iii 1 9 82, J. Londt & L. Schoean, Acacias /Dry gras (M); 6 ♂ 8 ♀, ca. 5 km W of Hotazel, 2722 BB, 23 iii 1982, J. Londt & L. Schoeman, Acacias/Grass/ Shrubs ( NM).    Previously recorded material: Loew’s holotype was collected by Wahlberg at “ N‘Gami ” According to Brink (1955) Wahlberg arrived at Ngami in April 1855 and was there until June when he moved further north. He returned for a few weeks in November of the same year. As vulpes appears to be active in late summer it is quite probable that his specimen was caught between April and June. Oldroyd (1974) records the species from Livingstone in Zambia. Remarks: A female collected near Vanzylsrus together with Prev (Orthoptera: Acrididae).