Fly / Gnat / MosquitoBOMBYLIINAE

Unidentified bombyliine bee fly at Yadboro, NSW

BOMBYLIINAE at Yadboro, NSW - 26 Nov 2016

Identification history

Fly / Gnat / Mosquito BOMBYLIINAE 7 Dec 2016 KimPullen
Fly / Gnat / Mosquito BOMBYLIINAE 7 Dec 2016 KimPullen
Unidentified 27 Nov 2016 MaxCampbell1.4K

Author's notes

Furry fly, moth mimic maybe, about 12mm , serious march fly looking proboscis

4 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   8 Dec 2016
Proboscis does look nasty but is harmless, these flies feed on nectar.
KimPullen wrote:
   9 Dec 2016
Same species is shown at https://natureshare.org.au/observations/53b39859e35eb12984010762?display=thumbnails&species=Bombyliidae+spp.
JackieMiles1K wrote:
   9 Dec 2016
Hi Kim, So how come that website called it Bombyliidae and you called it Bombyliinae? I should remember from my 1 semester of entomology, but it's all a bit too long ago. BTW, you'll be relieved to hear that you've hit the end of our old inverts photos, and from now it will only be new stuff, hopefully at a slower rate.
KimPullen wrote:
   9 Dec 2016
Hi Jackie, Bombyliinae (subfamily) is a subset of Bombyliidae (family). I've taken the identification to subfamily level as, although I don't know the genus or species, it certainly has the appearance of that subfamily. It's a distinctive looking insect, so I'm hopeful of getting a name for it.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 26 Nov 2016 Recorded on
  • MaxCampbell Recorded by
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