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Species Laphria flavicollis

Robber Fly #3 - Laphria flavicollis - male Laphria flavicollis - female Robber Fly - Laphria flavicollis Robber fly - Laphria flavicollis Laphriinae - Laphria flavicollis Bee mimicking fly sp? - Laphria flavicollis Laphria flavicollis Laphria sp. - Laphria flavicollis
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
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

Laphria flavicollis has long, straw yellow hairs on the scutellum. L. virginica always shows shorter, black scutellar bristles.-BC
e. US (VT-FL to NE-TX) & QC(1)
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