Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly
S1, Surveying it's Territory
Ellura
Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly
S5, Eye
 
                      
Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES03)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Bee Fly (Bombyliidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Smokey-winged Striped Bee Fly (Villini sp ES03)
This Photo:     🔍S5, Woke up Before Release🔎

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"

Copyright © 2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Jan-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.