Laphria sericea

This species and L. aktis are very much alike and most likely can only be told by examination of their genitalia. I collected 13 specimens from five sites and three counties in central Wisconsin of these species and of those I have five of this species from Wood, Waushara, and Marquette Counties. Three males and two females and at each site I also collected specimens of L. aktis, therefore these photos could be this species or L. aktis.

Identifying characteristics

Abdomen with yellowish, golden hairs and the same color as the those on the thorax. Lighter hairs below the face (beard) and darker hairs over the eyes.

Similar species

L. aktis is essentially a twin of this species and possibly can only be told from this species from the genitalia, which is distinctive in both the males and females.

Habitat

Found in dry oak woodlands but also in more moist woodland areas near wetlands. Like most of the Laphria this species is often found near old logs or sitting on foliage looking for prey to fly by.

Flight

Early June through July.

Abundance

In central Wisconsin this species along with L. aktis can be expected in any woodland area.

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Laphria sericea
Map key
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Laphria sericea/aktis with snipe fly as prey

NE of Wild Rose, June 18, 2008.

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Laphria sericea/aktis

TriCounty School Forest, June 11, 2008.

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Laphria sericea/aktis

TriCounty School Forest, June 11, 2008.

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Laphria sericea/aktis

TriCounty School Forest, June 21, 2008.