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Genus Laphria - Bee-like Robber Flies

robber fly - Laphria - female Unkown Robber Fly? - Laphria - female Robber fly - Laphria sacrator Laphria affinis? - Laphria affinis Asilid - Laphria thoracica - male Asilid - Laphria Laphria Robber Fly - Laphria thoracica
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Bombomima Enderlein
Explanation of Names
Laphria Meigen 1803
Greek Laphria (Λαφρια), an epithet of Artemis
62 spp. in our area, 240 total(1)
Key to NA spp. in(2)
Key to AR spp. in(3) [Link corrected 5/26/17.]
Key to eastern Canadian spp. in(4)
worldwide, most diverse in Eurasia and NA(1)
adults predaceous on flying insects, including bees and other robber flies
larvae predaceous of rotten wood insects
Life Cycle
Pupa, under tree bark
spp. still missing in the guide:
Laphria aeatus Walker 1849
Laphria aimatis McAtee 1919
Laphria asturina (Bromley 1951)
Laphria calvescenta Baker 1975
Laphria carbonaria (Snow 1896)
Laphria carolinensis Schiner 1867
Laphria fattigi (Bromley 1951)
Laphria felis Osten Sacken
Laphria flavescens Macquart 1838
Laphria flavipila Macquart 1834
Laphria georgina Wiedemann 1821
Laphria lasipes Wiedemann 1828
Laphria melanogaster Wiedemann 1821
Laphria milvina Bromley 1929
Laphria nigella (Bromley 1934)
Laphria rapax Osten Sacken 1877
Laphria royalensis (Bromley 1950)
Laphria semitecta (Coquillett 1910)
Laphria terraenovae Macquart 1838
Laphria vivax Williston 1883
See Also
Mallophora, Dasylechia atrox & other bee-mimicking robber flies; Bumblebees, Bombus
Internet References