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Photo#162831
Unknown Mallophora sp.3 - Laphria astur - female

Unknown Mallophora sp.3 - Laphria astur - Female
Gales Creek Campground, Washington County, Oregon, USA
July 26, 2003
Size: 19 mm
I believe this is a bee killer. If you can confirm the exact ID, thank you.

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Laphria
There are no Mallophora species in the NW. But there are an impressive number of Laphria. This appears to be a female Laphria astur. There are several close species but your shots are detailed and close enough that I can see there is no red hair here (eliminating partitor). And the close species columbica (and partitor) should be more black haired on the anterior scutum. Yours appears to have thin and fine yellow hair. Really nice shots. Makes me want to get out the scope.

 
Quick ID Lesson
Herschel thank you for the quick pointers in differentiating a couple of these species. Blessings in the New Year.

 
Nice.
You are saving me the trouble of finding someone to image my own Oregon specimens:-) Very nice work.

 
Glad
you liked it and could help you out. I love BG and all the expertise of so many. I try to provide quality photography for diagnostic purposes. My photos many times aren't natural, but I do hope that they can provide others clues to a proper ID. Happy New Year to you and thanks for all you do to maintain this site.

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