Villa Bee Fly
Flying, Back
Ellura
Brown-winged Villa Bee Fly
Female, profile
 
    
Brown-winged Villa Bee Fly (Villa sp ES2)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Brown-winged Villa Bee Fly (Villa sp ES2)
This Photo:     Female, dorsal, ~13mm

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
We've heard that some insects can have different wing venation on each wing.
This is the first time we've photographed a species and seen it for ourselvs. Note the spike on the right is missing on the left.
This is probably an individual variation.
Thank you to Chris Lambkin for telling us:
"The spike is called a spur-vein. In some cases in the Bombyliidae their presence can be diagnostic at the species or even the generic level (very common spur-vein at base of R2+3 in Anthrax), but usually not. Members of Brachyanax have no spur-veins at the base of vein R2+3 or vein R4."
It has always been our hope our web site would become a repository for this sort of information and helpful experts like Chris are making it happen

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Mar-2015
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.