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Species Laphria sericea

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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)
Species sericea (Laphria sericea)
Explanation of Names
Laphria sericea Say 1823
Nearly identical to Laphria aktis and another undescribed species. Clear view of male terminal appendages necessary for identification from photographs. Females not separable from photos.

Difficult to impossible to distinguish from L. aktis or the undescribed species from photographs. Photos that are not conclusively identified should be placed in the sericea complex.
e. US (VT-GA-?FL to MN-CO-TX) & ON(1)