No Common Name Laphria sericea Say, 1823  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Diptera   >   Family Asilidae   >   Genus Laphria   

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Laphria sericea is part of a complex of large, orange eastern species that are difficult to identify in the field. This complex also includes Laphria aktis, and an undescribed species discovered by Stephen Bullington. Males are distinguishable from genitalia, and can even be determined from a sharp macrophotograph, but females require a specimen. This species can be quite common in deciduous forests.

There are 7 records in the project database.

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Laphria sericea in the Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Co., Maryland (6/2/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Laphria sericea with prey in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Laphria sericea preying on a scorpionfly (Panorpa helena) in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/7/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)


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