Large Banded Bee Fly
Ellura
Large Banded Bee Fly
 
    
Large Banded Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Large Banded Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata)

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming the id and Graeme Cocks† & Tony Daley for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Chris said "variation of colour may be because of different environmental conditions under which the immatures develop, so that darker patterns result from colder developmental conditions" and she suspects this is "a newly emerged specimen". She later said "Probably female. The var incompleta Paramonov specimens invariably were female."
Two specimens found in January.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.