Laphria sp.

Laphria is a genus of robber fly in the family Asilidae. The adult looks like a bee and feeds on other robber flies, bees, and wasps. The larvae can have varying diets depending on their current larval stage. It can take 1-3 years for members of the Asilidae family to complete their life cycles. These flies are often found in open, sunny, and dry habitats with patches of vegetation. 

Order: Diptera
Family: Asilidae
Species: Laphria sp.

Photograph: © 2016 RKD Peterson
Date of Photograph: 22 July 2016
Location: Montana, Gallatin Co. (45°27’25" N 111°14'42" W)