bee-like robber fly

(Laphria spp.)

               
Overview

Laphria is a very large genus of robber flies. It occurs in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and Central America. There are 240 species of Laphria worldwide, 62 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 12 in Minnesota. Adults prey on flying insects, often larger than themselves, including bees and other robber flies. Larvae prey on insects in rotting wood.

bee-like robber fly (Laphria sp.)

Identification

Laphria are large robber flies. Adults are ½ to ¾ long. Some are bee-like, with a long, tapering abdomen. Others are bumble bee-like, with a stout abdomen.

See Subordinate Taxa below for identification information.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
Comments

Large Family
With 7,003 species in 530 genera worldwide, robber flies are one of the largest and most abundant families of insects alive today. Bee-like robber flies, as their name suggests, resemble bees.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 

Suborder:

Brachycera (circular-seamed flies, mouches muscoïdes, muscoid flies, short-horned flies)

 

Infraorder:

Muscomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Asiloidea

 

Family:

Asilidae (robber flies)

 

Subfamily:

Laphriinae

 

Tribe:

Laphriini

 
Subordinate Taxa

bee-like robber fly (Laphria canis)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria cinerea)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria divisor)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria flavicollis)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria huron)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria index)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria insignis)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria ithypyga)

bee-like robber fly (Laphria janus)

bumble bee mimic robber fly (Laphria posticata)

bumble bee mimic robber fly (Laphria sacrator)

bumble bee mimic robber fly (Laphria thoracica)

 
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Common
Names

bee-like robber fly

bumble bee mimic robber fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
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Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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Created: 11/3/2018

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