Adelaide's Bee Fly
S1, ventral
Large Banded Bee Fly
S3, dorsal
Large Banded Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Large Banded Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata)
This Photo:     S1, dorsal

Thank you Graeme Cocks†, Tony Daley & Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Chris suspects this is "a newly emerged specimen"
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line:
They are a large fly at ~14mm-17mm long, wing length ~16mm-18mm; giving a wingspan of ~36mm-40mm.
Chris said "variation of colour may be because of different environmental conditions under which the immatures develop, so that darker patterns result from colder developmental conditions"
She also said "Extra i-r crossvein creates square cell at end of wing = Ligyra", compared to Balaana .

Copyright © 2016-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.