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Species Laphria grossa

Bee fly - Laphria grossa - male Laphria sp - Laphria grossa - male Laphria grossa Another bee-like robber fly - Laphria grossa - male Laphria grossa - male Laphria grossa - male Bumbly robber - Laphria grossa - female Robber Fly - Laphria grossa
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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