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 


Short-winged Beefly - Pseudopenthes fenestrata

Family Bombyliidae 

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

Body length 10mm
This is a medium size black shiny beefly. Its wings are relatively short tinted with dark colour, with the hyaline spot near the wing base. Eyes and head are dark brown in colour. Thorax and abdomen are black and extremely shiny. There are the short white hairs along each side of thorax. There are the small white patches on each side of abdomen. 
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Photos were taken on March 2008 in a hilltop in Karawatha forest. This Beefly like to fly closely or rest on the sandy ground. We saw them quite a number of times in Karawatha forest.
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1. An evolutionary radiation of beeflies in semi-arid Australia: systematics of the Exoprosopini (Diptera: Bombyliidae) - Lambkin CL, Yeates DK & Greathead DJ, Invertebrate Systematics, 2003 

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