Backomyia seminoensis Lavigne

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: 101

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-B846-E578-63F1-FD0862A4FAC5

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scientific name

Backomyia seminoensis Lavigne
status

 

Backomyia seminoensis Lavigne 

Backomyia seminoensis Lavigne, 1971: 337  .

Recognition characters: Grayish black species; length 7–8 mm; mystax of males white, females’ mystax entirely black with stouter bristles; thorax gray pollinose; scutellum grayish tomentose with fine white setae and 4 black marginal bristles; wings hyaline; abdomen black, anterior margins of segments 2–7 dorsally gray pollinose, with constrictions in middle on 2–5 and divided at middle on 6 and 7; legs black with white setae and bristles.

Distribution: CARBON: “ Backomyia seminoensis  has been found only in the type locality in wind-protected gullies on a south slope of the eastern edge of the Seminoe Mountains” (see Lavigne 1971); paratype, male and female, Seminoe Mtns., 08 Nov. 1965 ( RJL) (specimens in CAS); paratype, male, Seminoe Mtns., 5 Oct. 1970 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS); paratype, female, Seminoe Mtns., 6 Oct. 1970 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS); holotype, male, Seminoe Mtns., 6 Oct. 1970 ( RJL) (specimen in USNM); 37 km N of Sinclair, 5 Oct.–8 Nov. ( RJL). Recorded from Wyoming by: Dennis et al. (2010); Fisher & Wilcox (1997); Geller-Grimm (2018); Lavigne (1971).

Habitat: Sagebrush steppe shrub and grassland vegetation type. Rangeland breaks.

Ethology: Rests on and forages from sand, small rocks, fallen logs, dead roots, and sticks. Mated pair, backside of Casper Mt., 17 May 1972 ( RJL), in the tail-to-tail position, 12 noon-sunny, soil surface temperature 21.1ºC (see Lavigne 1971).

Prey: All prey were collected in the Seminoe Mtns. DIPTERA  , Sciaridae  : Bradysia  sp., 11 Nov. 1965 (two records); HEMIPTERA (Homoptera)  , Cicadellidae  : Empoasca  sp., 6 Oct. 1970; Xerophloea peltata (Uhler)  , 5, 6 Oct. 1970. DIPTERA  , HEMIPTERA (Heteroptera, Homoptera)  , HYMENOPTERA  , NEUROPTERA (see Dennis et al. 2010; Lavigne 1971).

CAS

California Academy of Sciences

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Backomyia

Loc

Backomyia seminoensis Lavigne

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

Backomyia seminoensis

Lavigne, R. J. 1971: 337