Voting for English common names of North American robber fly genera

Rob Cannings , myself, and a few other robber fly folks have been developing a list of standardized common names for North American asilid genera (north of Mexico) over the past year. We're now looking to finalize these names before moving on to common names for each species.

If you're interested in voting on the genus names suggested so far (or would like to suggest your own), you can do so in this Google Form. The poll will be open until April 14th. Votes will be used to gauge the popularity of these names, but won't be the sole determining factor for which are ultimately selected. You can see the rationale for each name in this Google Sheet.

I look forward to your input!

Posted on March 30, 2023 10:44 PM by myelaphus myelaphus


I have never been a big fan of common names. That said I dont know enough about the various genera here to be able to offer much input. My thinking though is that if the genus has an existing common, then leave as such. Eg Efferia, Laphria etc.

Posted by gcsnelling about 1 year ago

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