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sericea complex

Robber Fly - Laphria Robber Fly - Laphria Robber Fly - Laphria - female Robber Fly   - Laphria Unknown Insect - Laphria Robber Fly-1 605 - Laphria Laphria ? with prey - Laphria Robber Fly? - Laphria
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)
No Taxon sericea complex
Identification
This complex includes Laphria sericea, L. aktis, and an undescribed eastern species similar to sericea. These flies are normally not determinable from photos. Males are separable with sharp images of terminal appendages. Females are not safely separable from photos. The undescribed species found by Stephen Bullington (unpublished PhD thesis) is also basically identical in general appearance, and the possibility exists that some images are that species. Please place undetermined members of this complex here (including all females, unless identified by dissection or in copula with male of known identification). Please only place males definitely determined to species from genitalia to the aktis, sericea, or the undescribed species pages. Thanks.