Dicropaltum mesae (Tucker)

Lavigne, Robert J. & Dennis, Steve, 2019, Robber flies (Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae) of Wyoming, USA with keys to genera and species, Zootaxa 4662 (1), pp. 1-126: 33

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4662.1.1

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/7708F17A-B802-E53C-63F1-FF006748FA71

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scientific name

Dicropaltum mesae (Tucker)
status

 

Dicropaltum mesae (Tucker) 

Tolmerus mesae Tucker  : 92.

Recognition characters: Grayish brown species; length 7–10 mm; mystax white; thorax largely yellowish brown pollinose; scutellum gray pollinose, setae white, bristles 2 white; wings hyaline, very faintly clouded apically; abdomen yellowish brown pollinose; legs with femora black, tibiae and tarsi reddish brown, setae and bristles white, exceptionally numerous on femora.

Distribution: ALBANY: Bosler, 13 July 1937 ( CLJ, RHB-UK); Centennial, 2 Aug. 1960 ( RJL); Laramie, 5 Aug. 1949 ( RHB-UK), 2–8 July 1973 ( SD). BIG HORN: Greybull Airport, 16 June 1966 ( RJL). CARBON: Rawlins, 26 June 1920 ( AMNH). FREMONT: Gas Hills Road, Riverton, 11 June 1963 ( LJS, RJL); 11 km SW of Shoshoni and 16 km S of Shoshoni, numerous records, 3 June–17 July ( FRH, LR, RJL, SD). GOSHEN: 2 July 1943; 2 July 1944; 18–19 July 1945 ( REP). JOHNSON: 24 km S of Buffalo, 23 June 1943 ( REP). LARAMIE: 22 July 1944 ( REP). NATRONA: Casper, 3 June 1960 ( CH); Rte. 220, Casper Jct., 24 June 1964 ( FRH, RJL). NIOBRARA: Lusk, 14 July 1937 ( RHB-UK); 6 July 1946 ( REP); Manville, 24 June 1949; 14 July 1947 ( REP); 2–9 July 1943; 18 July 1945; 18 July 1952 ( REP). PARK: Horse Creek Campground, Shoshone National For., 21 July 1957 ( AD & HD-CU); Laramie, 5 Aug. 1949 ( RHB-UK); 2–8 July 1973 ( SD). PLATTE: Dwyer, numerous records, 3 June–11 Aug. ( DRT, REP, RJL); Camp Guernsey, WANG, 2001b ( CSU, GMAD); Gray Rocks Ranch, Camp Guernsey, 25 June–5 Aug. 2008 ( CSU, GMAD); Guernsey, numerous records, 31 May–28 July ( REP, RJL); Hartville, 9 July 1964 ( RJL); 11–14 July 1944; 4 July 1945; 20 June–10 July 1951 ( REP); Pruitt Ranch, 22 June 1966 ( NM); Wheatland, 14 July 1937 ( RHB-UK). SHERIDAN: 6 June 1939 ( REP); Sheridan, WANG, LTA, 15 June 2007 ( CSU, GMAD). SWEETWATER: 16 km W of Farson, 20 July 1965 ( GEB, PT) (specimen in CAS); Green River, 2 July 1920 ( AMNH); Wamsutter, 21 June 1950 ( CHM). Recorded from Wyoming by: Adisoemarto (1967) (Green River, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Carbon County, as Asilus mesae  ); Cole (1969) (as Asilus mesae  ); Dennis & Lavigne (1975) (as Asilus mesae  ; as prey of Ospriocerus latipennis  , Proctacanthella cacopiloga  ); Geller-Grimm (2018); Lavigne & Holland (1969) [as Asilus mesae  ; as prey of Pogonioefferia staminea  (as Efferia staminea  )]; Lavigne et al. (1976) [as Asilus mesae  ; as prey of Pogonioefferia benedicti  (as Efferia benedicti  )]; Martin (1975).

Habitat: Saltbrush-greasewood shrub, sagebrush steppe shrub and grassland, and grama-needlegrass-wheatgrass grassland vegetation types. Open range, short- to mid-grass plains and greasewood.

Ethology: Forages from both the ground and vegetation, depending on the temperature of the ground surface (see Dennis & Lavigne 1975).

Prey: DIPTERA  , HETEROPTERA, HOMOPTERA, HYMENOPTERA  , LEPIDOPTERA  , ORTHOPTERA  (see Dennis & Lavigne 1975 and Rogers & Lavigne 1972, both as Asilus mesae  ).

SD

San Diego Natural History Museum

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

LJS

Scientific Research Centre

LR

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

REP

Desert Experiment Station of the W.I.R.

AD

State Herbarium of South Australia

CSU

Colorado State University

NM

Northern Michigan University

CAS

California Academy of Sciences

CHM

Charleston Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Dicropaltum