False-widow Bee Fly
Dorsal
Ellura
False-widow Bee Fly
Eye
 
      
False-widow Bee Fly (Pseudopenthes fenestrata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: False-widow Bee Fly (Pseudopenthes fenestrata)
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Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We think we may have damaged it when catching it in a large net. It's body looks a bit managled, but it still managed to fly off. It's asleep here after being in the fridge.
Possibly an undescribed species or P. hesperis.
Compared to our previous P. hesperis, it's wings are much clearer/transparent near the body.
Overall the wing has more clear patches than P. fenestrata should have.
Chris said "Interesting, maybe teneral (ie recently emerged). Would need to see it"

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.