Common Black Laphria Laphria canis Williston, 1883    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Diptera   >   Family Asilidae   >   Genus Laphria   


Laphria canis is part of a difficult complex of small, black Laphria which are troublesome to identify. Males can be identified by structure of the genitalia, and the presence/absence and shape of small prongs on the posterior margin of the sixth abdominal tergite. They can occasionally be identified from a sharp macro photo (or ideally, a series of photos, or a specimen). Females are essentially unidentifiable without dissection, unless they are collected in copula with a male (hopefully these don't readily hybridize!). Photos that cannot be determined to species (including all females) should be placed in the Laphria canis complex. Thank you.

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Common Black Laphria in Washington Co., Pennsylvania (6/6/2015). Photo by Ben Coulter. (MBP list)

A Common Black Laphria in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/13/2018). Determined by Ben Coulter and Ken Wolgemuth via BugGuide. Photo by Lynn Strauss. (MBP list)

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