Laphria sadales

This is a very different looking Laphria species and when I saw it for the first time in 2008, I didn’t know that it was in this genus. I went back to the same site four times in the next week, but never saw this species again. In 2009, I was surprised to find it in Waushara County, at a site that I have visited often. This species seems always to be on the move, much like the wasps that it mimics.

Identifying characteristics

This is a dark Laphria, somewhat larger than L. canis with the femur and tibias all a bright reddish color that clashes with the black of the body and makes this insect appear larger than it is.

Similar species

None in Wisconsin.

Habitat

Woodlands and woodland edges. All sites where I have seen this species included small piles of old whitened wood where this species really sticks out because of its reddish legs that clash with the white background.

Flight

Early June and through July.

Abundance

This species is not common in Wisconsin.

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Laphria sadales
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Laphria sadales

Plainfield Tri-County School Forest, Waushara Co., WI. June 18, 2009.

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Laphria sadales

Radley Fishery Area, Waupaca Co., WI. June 18, 2008.

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Laphria sadales

Radley Fishery Area, Waupaca Co., WI. June 18, 2008.

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Riley Lake Wildlife Area, Price Co., WI. July 1, 2010.