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Laphria ? - Laphria index

Laphria ? - Laphria index
McClaughry Springs Forest Preserve, Cook County, Illinois, USA
June 12, 2017
Size: 18mm
I think its a Laphria but it has a slender body maybe in the Laphria sericea complex? victim seems to be a wasp? tame found in a oak forest next to a stream

Moved from Robber Flies.

to L. index I would say.

Hi I just checked my images I
Hi I just checked my images I have many and its a much slender body and holding its wings differently than the fly I had from the same area last week that is probably Laphria sericea complex What parts of the body is most important for ID for the Laphria species?

Wing position
is not useful. For atypical Laphria the genitalia are the most important item but tough to see in photos. This specimen has the trangle of hair on the thorax which suggests index.

Moved from ID Request.

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