|scientific name Laphria vultur |
Open glades within montane and Cordilleran forests of western North America; generally mixed deciduous/coniferous. Occasionally found in open grasslands (Cannings 1994, 1997).
Adults have been found from late May to late July.
Medium-large flies, 20 mm in length. Laphria vultur is robust-looking with a general gold/orange coloration, due to copious amounts of reddish-orange hair (pubescence) covering the entirety of the head, thorax, and abdomen. The pubescence of other species in the genus Laphria is generally less distinct and sparser. Pubescence is most intense on the abdomen and face, with the mystax (hairs surrounding the mouthparts) and mane (surrounding the hypopharynx) slightly lighter in color. Long raptorial legs are covered in moderately thick black and reddish-orange pubescence, with long claws at the end of the tarsi for capturing and subduing prey (McAtee 1919; Adisoemarto 1967)
The conservation of Laphria vultur is not a concern.
Laphria vultur is found from southern British Columbia to California, and east to Mississippi (McAtee 1919; Adisoemarto 1967; Cannings 1994).
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