Brown-winged Striped Bee Fly
Female, profile
Brown-winged Striped Bee Fly
Male, dorsal
Brown-winged Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES02)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)
Species: Brown-winged Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES02)
This Photo:     Female, outside

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We've heard that some insects can have different wing venation on each wing.
This is the first time we've photographed a species and seen it for ourselvs. Note the spike on the right is missing on the left.
This is probably an individual variation.
Thank you to Chris Lambkin for telling us:
"The spike is called a spur-vein. In some cases in the Bombyliidae their presence can be diagnostic at the species or even the generic level (very common spur-vein at base of R2+3 in Anthrax), but usually not. Members of Brachyanax have no spur-veins at the base of vein R2+3 or vein R4."
It has always been our hope our web site would become a repository for this sort of information and helpful experts like Chris are making it happen

Copyright © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Mar-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.