A species group that is in flux. Bullington rearranged these guys and even gave them their own genus (sorry I am not allowed to name it here). Essentially in Arkansas we have no documented specimens of Laphria canis or Laphria winnemana. We do have what has been designated as Laphria sicula. They all look something like this except for some genitalia differences. L. sicula may be more whitish hairy and this may make this particular female sicula. Laphria sicula was handled by Bullington as a whole separate beast from the other two. The related Laphria index has some golden or yellow hairs on the abdomen which this fly completely lacks. This guy was all black and white and blue and green. It was on the Petit Jean Seven Hollows trail and I cannot collect flies there.

Compare this individual from NE Arkansas taken the same week as the above shot. In an area where most of the specimens appear to go to the anomalous Laphria sicula. This individual appears less white and hirsute but it may be a flash effect accentuated. Can't tell the sex on this one.

This individual was in Pope county where there were more small Laphria per square mile than I have ever seen. They appeared to be somewhat smaller than the L. sicula that Norm has been catching in the NE but who knows. We took several. I don't know what that prey item is.

These are, I assume, also Laphria sicula mating in Jackson county. Tail to tail seems to be the Laphria way. They can fly in this linked position. The males are usually the smaller individuals.

This is a shot from Massachusetts of a true Laphria canis. Note the much larger genital bulb. I don't know if the coloration is as variable as Laphria sicula but as you can see they are otherwise very similar.