Small Fluffy Bee Fly
White Body Tufts
Riverland
Small Fluffy Bee Fly
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Small Fluffy Bee Fly (Nigromyia sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Small Fluffy Bee Fly (Nigromyia sp)
This Photo:     Antennae

Thank you Xuankun Li for identifying and Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Riverland and possibly elsewhere
~6mm long with green eyes.
It has 2 white tufts on the sides of the abdomen which aren't showing clearly against the white background. But with the naked eye contrast strongly against the black hair on the abdomen.
It's thorax is covered in fine orange hairs, with a black body.
Oh, and who could miss that huge proboscis

Copyright © 2019-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Oct-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.