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


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).


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 6 records in the project database.

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A Laphria virginica with soldier beetle prey in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/26/2021). Determined by Ben Coulter/BugGuide. Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

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)

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

Laphria virginica in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/14/2019). (c) Jane Hartman, all rights reserved. Photo by Jane Hartman. (MBP list)

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