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Robber Fly #8 - Laphria saffrana - female

Robber Fly #8 - Laphria saffrana - Female
Gloster, Gloster Arboretum, Amite County, Mississippi, USA
May 13, 2006
Size: body length 18.1 mm.
Laphria saffrana? Found along edge of woodland trail by Caroline Bauder.
It appears to be a good mimic of this wasp , which was collected in the same vicinity about 20 minutes later.

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Your both guesses...
Are probably correct. First, this robber fly is doubtless a Laphriinae, and saffrana means "of a safran yellow color".
Second, this is obviously a mimic of the Vespula squamosa queen - and, interestingly, of the queen only. We had already the Syrphid Spilomyia alcimus, and now this one... who knows? A French dictum says "never two without three".

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