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Champlain's Bee-like Robberfly

Laphria champlainii

Description:

I can't seem to match a species to this member of the Laphria genus. Laphria gross was the closest I could find, but it wasn't consistent with the golden abdomen, whereas the thorax and facial hairs were pale yellow.

Habitat:

Found at some undergrowth in the sandy pine barrens at Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Notes:

Lifer!

1 species ID suggestions

hudwit
hudwit 5 years ago
bee-like robber fly
Laphria champlainii Species Laphria champlainii - BugGuide.Net

13 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Thank you so much, hudwit, for the excellent match! Feel free to suggest an ID for your work! :-)

hudwit
hudwit 5 years ago

I think this is a worn female Laphria champlainii based on the distribution on yellow on the abdomen and the legs. I think it's lost a lot of hair on the sides of the thorax and the legs.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Thank you, Dilan, Lauren, and Emilie! Emilie, that species is very similar, but the abdomen seems different:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/33121/bgim...

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 5 years ago

Looks like Laphria affinis to me; what do you think?

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

A real beauty - rarely get to see these.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Nice series Jakubko!!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

L. astur is unfortunately only recorded from western North America at this time.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Wow! That looks very similar, especially in the first link! I will look closer; thanks Dixie!

Dixie
Dixie 5 years ago

Laphria astur?
I was checking them out on:
http://www.covillephotos.net/galleries/G... and http://www.greglasley.net/nonBirds/laphr....
What do you think?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Thank you very much, Dixie!

Dixie
Dixie 5 years ago

Emily is right! Great detail.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Thank you so much, Emily!

EmilyUmbarger
EmilyUmbarger 5 years ago

Neat spotting and a great pic! Wow, such wonderful detail with that camera!

Albany, New York, USA

Lat: 42.71, Long: -73.86

Spotted on Aug 2, 2013
Submitted on Aug 20, 2013

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