Adelaide's Bee Fly
S1, Proboscis & Palps
Large Banded Bee Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Bee Fly (Bombyliidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Adelaide's Bee Fly (Kapu adelaidica)|
|This Photo:||🔍S1, ventral🔎|
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Record in SA on Atlas:
It's so worn & on it's last legs when we caught it. It died soon after. It has a very "blow fly" like pattern on it's abdomen.
It's name is a little funny as Chris told us "Its a very widespread species, described by a Frenchman from 'Adelaide' in 1855.
She also said "Shiny scales on thorax, yellowish. Some yellow scales anteriorally T2, mostly dark scales dorsally, white band T3 and T5-6. White sternal scales S2-3, reddish S4 and S5-7."