Laphria flava

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Laphria flava
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Front view of a male
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Asilidae
Genus: Laphria
L. flava
Binomial name
Laphria flava
(Linnaeus, 1761)
Detail of a wing

Laphria flava, the bumblebee robberfly, yellow robberfly or yellow assassin fly, is a fly of the Asilidae family.


The size of the yellow predators is variable, reaching a body length of 12 to 25 millimeters and are strongly built. They have dense hairs, which are coloured yellow and black making it resemble a bumblebee. The anterior part of the chest is covered with short, yellow hair; the posterior part of the chest has a dense, long hairs of the same colour, which are directed backwards. The back and legs are also hairy.


  • Heiko Bellmann: Insekten. 2nd edition, Steinbachs Naturführer, Eugen Ulmer Verlag, 2010, S. 145, ISBN 978-3-8001-5931-4
  • Heiko Bellmann: Der neue Kosmos Insektenführer. Franckh-Kosmos, Stuttgart 2009, S. 228, ISBN 978-3-440-11924-2

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