Orange-striped Bee Fly
S1, Male, ventral
Gigantic Balaana Bee Fly
Bee Fly (Balaana cf sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Bee Fly (Balaana cf sp ES01)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We thought this was a Ligyra sp, but Chris said it is possible but may be Balaana or one of the other Exoprosopini. With the lower level quality of this photo, and not being able to clearly see the wing venation, it won't be possible to be sure; until we get more detailed shots

One specimen found in January.

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Jan-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.