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Species Laphria flavicollis

Pterallastes? - Laphria flavicollis Robber Fly #2 - Laphria flavicollis - female Robberfly - Laphria flavicollis Robber toying with apid - Laphria flavicollis Robber Fly - Laphria flavicollis Laphria sp. - Laphria flavicollis - male - female Laphria flavicollis Bee-like robber fly - Laphria flavicollis
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 flavicollis (Laphria flavicollis)
Explanation of Names
Laphria flavicollis Say 1824
Identification
L. flavicollis and L. virginica are easy to confuse. The main gestalt things to look for are the hairiness of the black abdomen: very fuzzy in virginica, somewhat glossy in flavicollis. The golden hair on the top of the thorax looks more swept back and finely constructed in flavicollis, and the legs in virginica have a reddish brown tone to the fuzz in good light. --Herschel Raney, 4.v.2006
Habitat
e. US (VT-FL to NE-TX) & QC(1)
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