Anthrax Bee Fly I
Anthrax Bee Fly II
Anthrax Bee Fly III
Anthrax Bee Fly IV
Thraxan Bee Fly I
Thraxan Bee Fly II
Thraxan Bee Fly III
Thraxan Bee Fly IV
Thraxan Bee Fly V
Thraxan Bee Fly VI
Villa Bee Fly I
Villa Bee Fly II
Villa Bee Fly III
Villa Bee Fly IV 


Thraxan Beefly I - Thraxan sp.

Family Bombyliidae

This page contains pictures and information about Thraxan Bee Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Female and male, body length 10mm
Abdomen segments 5-7 lateral margins with white hairs. The haltere knob dark brown with apical third cream. Spur-vein at base R2+3 present, meeting r-m cross-vein directly. 
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Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest during early summer. The fly was resting on plants 0.2-0.3 meter above ground, seems waiting for something. They were also found resting on rock and on forest floor. They are quite common in Brisbane bushlands.
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Females are sometimes found resting on vertical mud wall. The mud wall seems there place for laying eggs.  
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The above mating pair photos were taken on March 2008 in Mt Coo-tha. Notice that the haltere knob dark brown with apical third cream.
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1. Cryptic species diversity and character congruence: review of the tribe Anthracini (Diptera : Bombyliidae) in Australia - David K. Yeates and Christine L. Lambkin, 1998.
2. Thraxan Bee Fly -, by Nick Monaghan 

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Last updated: May 01, 2013.