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Genus Laphria - Bee-like Robber Flies

Bee-like Robber Fly - Laphria thoracica Laphria virginica - Laphria flavicollis - male BG2238 E4376 - Laphria - female Robber fly - Laphria virginica? - Laphria affinis - female Mating Bee-like Robber Flies - Laphria flavicollis - male - female Robber Fly - Laphria janus The Driveway Robber - Laphria flavicollis Fuzzy bee-like Laphria - Laphria thoracica
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Asilidae (Robber Flies)
Subfamily Laphriinae
Genus Laphria (Bee-like Robber Flies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Bombomima Enderlein
Explanation of Names
Laphria Meigen 1803
Greek Laphria (Λαφρια), an epithet of Artemis, perhaps related to laphyra (λαφυρα) 'spoils taken in war'(1)(2)
Numbers
62 spp. in our area, 240 total(3)
Identification
Range
worldwide, most diverse in Eurasia and NA(3)
Food
adults predaceous on flying insects, including bees and other robber flies
See Also
Mallophora & other bee-mimicking robber flies; Bumblebees, Bombus
Internet References
(5)