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Robber Fly - Laphria sericea - male

Robber Fly - Laphria sericea - Male
Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 9, 2007
Size: Approx. 1 inch
Wow! Didn't realize there were so many species of Robber Flies till I was looking for this one. I think it may be a Laphria sericea. Can someone verify or correct that ID? And gender it also.


Moved from / atkis complex.

Very fine
shot of the male Laphria sericea, with the pronounced golden mystax and beard.

Herschel, would this be a female than?

I am not sure that the female you link isn't aktis. I thought they didn't range as far north but aktis was actually defined by a specimen from PA. When the facial hair is not golden on a female it is tougher without a shot of the terminal abdomen or a close thorax.

Thanks Bob
for your reply, Herschel. I appreciate your willingness to help with IDs.

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