|Bee Flies. A large family of stoutly
built flies. Adults are often wooly and have a strong hovering flight.
Wing venation is distinctive with veins R2+3 and R4
curved towards the costa,
meeting it at right angles [see picture]. Females have the extraordinary habit of gathering
sand grains in a special chamber at the apex of the abdomen, probably to
cover the eggs. Larvae are mostly predatory or endoparasites.
[391 Aust. species]
All species pictured have their DNA in the Barcode of Life Database.
|Anthrax maculatus GC1||Anthrax maculatus GC2||Exoprosopa sp.||BombyliidGC sp. 1|
|BombyliidGC sp. 8||BombyliidGC sp. 9|
Insects of Australia (Chapter 39: Diptera)
D.H. Colless and D.K. McAlpine
CSIRO, Division of Entomology
1137pp (2 volumes), Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1999.