Black-tailed Laphria Laphria flavicollis Say, 1824    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Diptera   >   Family Asilidae   >   Genus Laphria   

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Laphria flavicollis is probably the most common Laphria, sensu stricto, in much of the east. This species breeds in logs in deciduous forest, and is often found feeding on sunlit vegetation or edges of fields. The adult activity period ranges from mid-late April into July.

Description:

The yellow pile of the thorax contrasting with the black abdomen is somewhat distinctive, but it is similar to Laphria virginica. L. flavicollis has long, yellow scutellar bristles, while these bristles are shorter and black on virginica. L. virginica is also generally stockier in build compared to flavicollis.

There are 53 records in the project database.

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A Black-tailed Laphria with prey in Harford Co., Maryland (7/2/2016). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria with prey in Harford Co., Maryland (7/2/2016). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/18/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/10/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A bee-mimic robberfly, a female Black-tailed Laphria, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/17/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Laphria flavicollis in New Castle Co., Delaware (5/19/2006). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/19/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/19/2016). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/1/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/10/2015). Determined by Ben Coulter/BugGuide. Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/10/2015). Determined by Ben Coulter/BugGuide. Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Washington Co., Maryland (5/25/2019). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/24/2023). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A mating pair of Black-tailed Laphrias in Washington Co., Maryland (5/23/2015). Verified by Ben Coulter/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/14/2010). (c) Hans Holbrook, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A female Black-tailed Laphria in Howard Co., Maryland (5/25/2017). (c) Bill Hubick, all rights reserved. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/31/2020). (c) Nathaniel Schwartz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND). Photo by Nathaniel Schwartz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/31/2020). (c) Nathaniel Schwartz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND). Photo by Nathaniel Schwartz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Howard Co., Maryland (6/16/2019). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

A pair of Black-tailed Laphrias in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/27/2020). (c) apistopanchax, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria in Howard Co., Maryland (5/26/2014). Photo by Kurt Schwarz. (MBP list)

A pair of Black-tailed Laphrias in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria feeding on a Honey Bee in Washington Co., Maryland (6/3/2017). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Black-tailed Laphria with prey in Washington Co., Maryland (6/1/2019). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)


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