Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly
S5, Mouth Parts
Large Headed Striped Bee Fly
Dorsal + Wing Venation
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Bee Fly (Bombyliidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES03)|
|This Photo:||🔍S5, ventral🔎|
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for confirming and Tony Daley for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We thought this might be Exechohypopion sp due to the conical shaped head. Tony steered us straight (see the discussion above under Villini sp ES01 to learn more).
Chris agreed and said "Beautifully explained Tony ... The current keys don't work, the characters separating the genera are really tricky to separate, and inconsistent anyway. Add in Lepidanthrax that is also in the Villini. There are definitely significant male genitalic differences within Australian Villa. Hemipenthes is probably here as well. There are many undescribed species. A total taxonomic mess"