Bee Fly
Ellura
Wiry Bee Fly
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Wiry Bee Fly (Staurostichus sp ES03)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Wiry Bee Fly (Staurostichus sp ES03)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Xuankun Li for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~6mm long
Looks similar to Geron, with very long legs. But the proboscis is very "fat", unlike Geron and so looked closer. The wing venation is quite different in Geron.
We thought it was Myonema, but Chris said "Can't be Myonema, not with that venation"
We had another look and noticed the wing venation is close to Eristalopsis sp. before Xuankun id'ed it for us.
We can now see it's an exact match for our other Staurostichus sp ES01.

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Jan-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.