Rare Bee Fly
S1, dorsal
Velvet Bee Fly
Rare Bee Fly (Munjua cf paralutea)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Rare Bee Fly (Munjua cf paralutea)
This Photo:     S1, profile

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 Munjua paralutea. With the lower level quality of these photo's, and not being able to clearly see the wing venation, it won't be possible to be sure; until we get more detailed shots

We'll be keeping a keen eye out for this one now as it's only got records on Atlas for WA. It'll be nice to put SA on the map for this species, with diagnostic photo's.
Chris said she had records of "6 specimens of Munjua paralutea from SA. And many more from NT NSW Qld and WA. It's just that there are not many live photos of this beast, and those that have been identified even less."

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