Large Banded Bee Fly
S4, Male: posterior
Bronze Bee Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Bee Fly (Bombyliidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Large Banded Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata)|
|This Photo:||🔍S4, Male: ventral🔎|
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.