Scleropogon picticornis (Loew),

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: 107

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

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scientific name

Scleropogon picticornis (Loew)
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Scleropogon picticornis (Loew) 

Stenopogon picticornis Loew, 1866: 25  .

Recognition characters: Brownish species; length 20–25 mm; mystax straw white; bristles and setae of mesonotum straw white, postpronotal bristles stout, straw white, long anteriorly short posteriorly; metapleural bristles straw white; first posterior cell of wing closed and petiolate; abdominal tergites brown pollinose except for lateral black stripes without pollen; genitalia orange, bilobed. Easily separated from all other Scleropogon  species found in Wyoming by the lateral stripes on the abdominal tergites.

Distribution: BIGHORN: Lovell, WANG, LTA, 2001a ( CSU, GMAD). CAMPBELL: Gillette, 46 km W, 6 Aug. 1980 ( RJL). CARBON: Savery, 2 Sept. 1959 ( WDF). CONVERSE: Bill, 10 km N, 13 Aug. 1984 ( RJL). CROOK: Devils Tower, J. Driskill Ranch, 7 Aug. 1984 ( RJL); Sundance, 9 Sept. 1959 ( WDF); Devils Tower National Monument, 1,829 m (6,000 ft), 16–18 Aug. 1983 ( CWF); Devils Tower National Monument, 1,829 m (6,000 ft), 28 July 1984 (Field Team). FREMONT: Lander, WANG, LTA, 2001a ( CSU, GMAD), 2 July 2005 ( CSU, GMAD), 8 Aug. 2004 ( CSU, GMAD). LARAMIE: Pine Bluffs, 19 July 1963 ( LJS). NATRONA: Midwest, 15.7 km S, Aug. 4, 1980 ( RJL). NIOBRARA: Lance Creek, 14 Aug. 1895. PLATTE: 25 July 1985 /Fred Block 3 Rep ( REP) (mated pair); Camp Guernsey, WANG, 2001b ( CSU, GMAD); Dwyer, 3 Aug. 1960 ( RJL), 4 Sept. 1964 ( RJL, REP); 23 Aug. 1963 ( LJS); Gray Rocks Ranch, Camp Guernsey, WANG, 25 June–5 Sept. 2008 ( CSU, GMAD); Guernsey, numerous records, 29 July–6 Sept. ( RJL); Laramie Peak, Laramie Mtns., 2 Aug–3 Sept. 1964 ( FRH, RJL); Wheatland, 2 Sept. 1965 ( FRH); 43.5 km N, 2, 18 Aug. 1972 ( SD). SHERIDAN: Acme, 10 Aug. 1974 [with prey, grasshopper, probably Aulocara elliotti (Thomas)  ]; Sheridan, WANG, LTA, 16–17 July 2006 ( CSU, GMAD); 10 km E of Sheridan, 5 Aug. 1980 ( RJL). WESTON: Newcastle, 21 km S, 12 Aug. 1982 ( RJL, JLL); Upton, 12 km NW, 6 Aug. 1980 ( RJL). Recorded from Wyoming by: Back (1909) (as Stenopogon (Scleropogon) picticornis  ); Fisher & Wilcox (1997); Geller-Grimm (2018); Lavigne (1992); Lavigne & Holland (1969); Wilcox (1971).

Habitat: Pine-douglas fir forest (clearings within the forest where shrubs and grasses are dominant), saltbrushgreasewood shrub, sagebrush-steppe and wheatgrass-needlegrass shrub steppe shrub and grassland, and gramaneedlegrass-wheatgrass and wheatgrass-needlegrass grassland vegetation types. Collected in blue grama ( Bouteloua gracilis  ), needle and thread grass [ Hesperostipa (Stipa) (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth  ssp. comate  ], and threadleaf sedge ( Carex filifolia  ) vegetation and in mountain mahogany ( Cercocarpus montanus Raf.  ) and western wheatgrass [ Pascopyrum (Agropyron) smithii (Rybd.) A. Love  ] vegetation; rangeland.

Ethology: Rests on and forages from ground and grass mat (see Lavigne & Holland 1969, as Stenopogon picticornis  ).

Prey: MANTODEA  , Mantidae  : Litaneutria minor (Scudder)  . Pawnee National Grasslands, Nunn. Colo., 25 Aug, 1971. ORTHOPTERA  , Acrididae  : unidentified, 45 km N of Wheatland, 2 Aug. 1972. COLEOPTERA  , DIP- TERA, HEMIPTERA (Homoptera)  , ORTHOPTERA  [see Lavigne 1992; Lavigne & Dennis 1994; Lavigne & Holland 1969; Lavigne and Pfadt 1966 (as Stenopogon picticornis  ); Rogers & Lavigne 1972].

CSU

Colorado State University

LJS

Scientific Research Centre

REP

Desert Experiment Station of the W.I.R.

SD

San Diego Natural History Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Scleropogon

Loc

Scleropogon picticornis (Loew)

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

Stenopogon picticornis

Loew, H. 1866: 25
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