The overhead specimen shot of a Laphystia which I believe is L. bromleyi from my local area. Though the abdominal color patterns for ochreifrons and bromleyi are close (see link below) and the leg colors are unusual. L. bromleyi occurs only in the Oklahoma/Arkansas oval (so far). All the species are sand loving. This one was on the rocks and sand at the Arkansas River dam site near Conway. They are all closely related to the Psilocurus genus (see that page). There is only one other genera in this subfamily in our area. It is a woodland species in Zabrops which we have now found in one site of rich bottomland in AR. Zabrops was described from a Nebraska female in 1907. It has also been found in Kansas and Iowa (1940) and Missouri (2004) and Ohio (1977). They are apparently rare and scattered robbers. There is another genera in the west represented by an undescribed species of Perasis from AZ.

The unusual pairing position of this Laphystia. I assume this may be the position for the whole genus. It is from the NE colony that Norm found near his stomping grounds. Also sandy river shoreline. These may be bromleyi but Dr. Fisher's opinion is these may be ochreifrons. This pair and several others may not be true species. Not clear that anyone has dissected the series and separated the species. Bromley was known for descriptive separations sort of 'on the fly. '

Also from Norm's colony. Note the very white face and the minimal amount of red on the hind femora.

Here are the abdominal patterns for the species which may occur locally. This will be a tough group to obtain live shots.

Species in the east are:

L. bromleyi Wilcox        [OK, AR]

L. confusa Curran        [OK, TX, WY]

L. laguna Wilcox           [TX]

L. litoralis Curran          [East coastal states from NY to FL]

L. notata (Bigot)            [KS, MS, TX, LA]

L. ochreifrons Curran   [FL, GA, LA, MS, KY, TN, OH, AL]

L. opaca Coquillett        [LA, TX]

L. sexfasciata (Say)     [KS, NE, MO]

L. texensis Curran        [TX, LA]

L. varipes Curran          [KS, OK, TX]

L. albiceps (Macquart)  [TX]