No Common Name Laphria virginica (Banks, 1917)  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Diptera   >   Family Asilidae   >   Genus Laphria   

Status:

Laphria virginica prefers stumps and logs of hard pines. It has been recorded in copula with Laphria posticata, and they presumably could hybridize where ranges overlap (S. Bullington, The Laphriini Pages website).

Description:

This species is superficially similar to Laphria flavicollis, showing a yellow pilose thorax, and a black abdomen, which probably mimics certain bumblebees (Bombus spp.) or eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica). The scutellar bristles on L. virginica are relatively short and black, while these bristles are longer and yellow on L. flavicollis. Laphria virginica is generally stockier and more robust than L. flavicollis.

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Laphria virginica in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/20/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Laphria virginica in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/15/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)


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