Large Banded Bee Fly
S1: Head
Ellura
Large Banded Bee Fly
S2: Feeding
 
                      
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: Wing Venation

Thank you Graeme Cocks†, Tony Daley & 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
1st Live Photo's 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" .
Seven specimens found in Jan & Feb.

Copyright © 2016-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.