Proctacanthella leucopogon (Williston)

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: 56-57

publication ID

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

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:366A1E81-946C-4ED4-8A65-C51151FE87CC

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/7708F17A-B815-E524-63F1-F92561BEFC64

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scientific name

Proctacanthella leucopogon (Williston)
status

 

Proctacanthella leucopogon (Williston) 

Asilus leucopogon Williston, 1893b: 75  .

Recognition characters: Brown species; length 15–16 mm; mystax white; thorax brown pollinose; scutellar setae and bristles white; wings hyaline; abdomen brown pollinose; male genitalia without white pencil of setae, legs similar to P. cacopiloga  ; females can be separated on the basis that all setae on the underside of the first antennal segment are white in this species whereas in P. cacopiloga  some are black; female P. leucopogon  also have light colored setae/bristles dorsally on the hind tarsi ( P. cacopiloga  have dark setae).

Distribution: BIG HORN: Lovell, WANG, LTA, 7 Aug. 2004 ( CSU, GMAD). CONVERSE: Glenrock, Dave Johnston Plant, 6, 13 July 1974 ( RJL). FREMONT: Lander, WANG, LTA, 8 Aug. 2004. GOSHEN: Fort Laramie, 24 July 1958 ( DRT); Goshen Co., 12 July1943 ( REP), 21 July 1944 ( REP); Torrington, 18 July 1960 ( DGF). LARAMIE: Pine Bluffs, 1 Aug. 1962 ( RJL), 3 July–3 Aug. 1963 ( LJS). NIOBRARA: 64 km N of Lusk, July 1895 ( RM-UK). PLATTE: Camp Guernsey, WANG, 2001b ( CSU, GMAD); Chugwater, 23 July 1952 ( REP); 24 July 1953 ( REP); Dwyer, numerous records, 23 June–17 Aug. ( RJL); Guernsey, numerous records, 6 July–1 Sept. ( RJL); Register Cliff, 15 July 1964 ( RJL); Guernsey State Park, 16 July 1964 ( RJL); Hartville, 17 Aug. 1963, 7 July 1964 ( RJL), 9 Aug. 1964 ( RJL); Platte Co., 2 Aug. 1945 ( REP); Wheatland, 5 Aug. 1964 ( RJL, FRH), 27 July–25 Aug, 1965 ( RJL), T25N R67W S27, 6 July 1974 ( RJL). WESTON: Newcastle, 11 km S, 11 July 1980 ( RJL). Recorded from Wyoming by: Dennis et al. (2010); Geller-Grimm (2018); Lavigne & Dennis (1994).

Habitat: Saltbrush-greasewood shrub, wheatgrass-needlegrass shrub steppe shrub and grassland, and gramaneedlegrass-wheatgrass, grama-buffalo grass and wheatgrass-needlegrass grassland vegetation types. Protected gullies both with and without pine cover on the short grass plains area; rangeland.

Ethology: Rests on and forages from soil and vegetation, depending on substrate temperature (see Rogers & Lavigne 1972).

Prey: DIPTERA  , Culicidae  : Aedes  sp.; HEMIPTERA (Heteroptera)  , Geocoridae  : Geocoris pallens Stål  , Guernsey State Park, 16 July 1964. HYMENOPTERA  , Halictidae  : Halictus  sp. (two records) ( COLEOPTERA  , DIPTERA  , HEMIPTERA (Heteroptera, Homoptera)  , HYMENOPTERA  , ORTHOPTERA  (see Dennis et al. 2010; Lavigne & Dennis 1994; Rogers & Lavigne 1972).

CSU

Colorado State University

REP

Desert Experiment Station of the W.I.R.

LJS

Scientific Research Centre

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Proctacanthella

Loc

Proctacanthella leucopogon (Williston)

Lavigne, Robert J. & Dennis, Steve 2019
2019
Loc

Asilus leucopogon

Williston, S. W. 1893: 75