This is Laphria flavicollis. I did not collect it at the time. It was dominant in the early spring in the nearby swampy areas of Bell Slough. It has almost no yellow hair on the legs. Distribution of yellow in these guys is important in the separation of species. This is a medium-sized Laphriinae. This is the male here.

Mated pair of Laphria flavicollis. They can still fly for avoidance despite the attachment (believe me). Note the bright yellows on this species and the very black abdomen. These are about 10 to 20 mm Laphria. They love tree shaded areas with large leaved understory. Often the first robbers out in the forests in April in Arkansas. The female is on the right.

The demise of a cranefly. Appears to be a female flavicollis. Not sure what is up with the white powder on the leaf. This is a large kill in my experience for a Laphria. But I have seen two cranefly kills by flavicollis. I have never seen the monster sized Laphria lata take prey this large. There are records in the Lavigne collected prey/predator database of flavicollis taking honeybees, treehoppers and chrysomelid beetles.

The male in spring from the Petit Jean mountains. Always the first Robber out in many wooded areas.