Laphria winnemana

This species and are both found throughout the state and difficult if not impossible to tell apart without examining their genitalia.

Identifying characteristics

Small black fly with some light hairs on the legs and sides of the abdominal segments, but the hairs are not really noticeable in the field without close-focusing binoculars. The thorax appears to have no hairs but does have some some hairs at least at the edges that are visible in photos.

Similar species

is very similar to this species and is likely unidentifiable without examining the genitalia.

Habitat

Open woodlands and woodland edges.

Flight

Late May through mid-August

Abundance

The canis-complex is in general more common in southern Wisconsin.

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Laphria winnemana
Map key
Laphria winnemanaClick to enlarge

Laphria canis complex

Rocky Run Oak Savannah SNA, June 29, 2006.

Laphria winnemanaClick to enlarge

Laphria canis complex

Rocky Run Oak Savannah SNA, June 29, 2006.