Spotted-wing Striped Bee Fly
Male, Antennae & Thoracic Setae
Spotted-wing Striped Bee Fly
Male, Genetalia
Spotted-wing Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES07)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Spotted-wing Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES07)
This Photo:     🔍Male, Palps🔎

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~8mm long, ~14mm natural wingspan.
Unusually Black for a Villini sp. So much so we suspected it might be an Anthrax sp.
Chris said Anthracini antennae have "hairs in circle at apex ... Venation then makes it Villini."
We mentioned the blade ovi-positor looking structure on it's rear end, which Chris noted "It's a male and that's the male genitalia - esp the gonocoxites you are seeing."

Copyright © 2022-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Dec-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.