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

Anthrax incomptus

BombyliidGC sp. 4

BombyliidGC sp. 5

BombyliidGC sp. 6



BombyliidGC sp. 7

BombyliidGC sp. 8 BombyliidGC sp. 9  


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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.