Dark-winged Villa Bee Fly
Ellura
Blue Snail Parasitic Blowfly
Face
 
    
Large Headed Bee Fly (Villini sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Large Headed Bee Fly (Villini sp)
This Photo:     Dorsal + Wing Venation

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Chris said "I'm pretty confident with Villini. As to whether it is Villa or Exechohypopion is much more difficult without microscopic examination of the antennal segments especially whether it lacks a separate stylar segment between segment III and the style, and has smooth fore tibiae ie without spines, only fine erect hairs."
Unfortunately we didn't get a close up look of it's face, so moved this one up from Exechohypopion sp to Villini sp (ie tribe rather than genus) level. Hopefully we can catch one and get better diagnostic shots.
One specimen found in February.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Feb-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.