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Species Laphria grossa

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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)
Species grossa (Laphria grossa)
Explanation of Names
Laphria grossa (Fabricius 1775)
Size
23-35 mm(1)
Identification
a mimic of a Bombus (Psithyrus); suggested models: B. citrinus, B. vagans, B. impatiens, depending on the amount of yellow on the abdomen; in the southern portions of the range, specimens have more yellow on the abdomen and resemble B. pensylvanicus.(2)(1)
Range
e. US (ME-FL to KS-MS) & QC(3)
Habitat
deciduous forests; adults often near large stumps(1)
Season
in NC: (May), Jun-Jul(4)
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